Indigenous guardians and community members play an important role in observing and documenting what is occurring on the lands and waters. They are often the first people to observe environmental concerns, damage to cultural sites, or the cumulative impacts of resource use.
The value of these observations cannot be overstated. Monitoring can be understood as the process of documenting this information in a purposeful and consistent manner so that the data can be compiled and observations can be tracked over time.
Data are the concrete pieces of information that are produced by your monitoring activities. Data is collected, stored in some way, and analyzed so that the community can use it to make decisions or share it with external groups to inform and influence outcomes.
Explore this chapter to learn:
- Why you should consider developing a monitoring plan.
- What you want to achieve with your monitoring efforts.
- How to identify your monitoring priorities.
- The types of monitoring you can do.
- How Indigenous knowledge can shape your monitoring work.
- What methods can be used to collect data.
- What tools you can use to collect data.
- How you can store and manage your data.
- How you can report on your data and monitoring results.