Lake Futures Webinar Series: A new approach and lessons learned: how co-creation, shared spaces, and diversity can improve water monitoring design
When designing conventional water monitoring programs, the design process is focused on establishing the right monitoring parameters, methodologies, and schedules. Community values are not usually considered and there is limited coordination with decision-makers. Therefore, these programs often fail to consider how the results will inform management decisions or meet the needs of the local community. In this presentation, Elaine proposes a new way of developing monitoring programs that consider cumulative effects, are co-created by diverse stakeholders, and connect monitoring to broader river or lake management decisions. The lower Grand River and nearshore Lake Erie was the focus of her research, and the new monitoring framework that emerged is used a case study for discussion. Elaine will share lessons learned throughout this process, highlighting benefits of community and Indigenous engagement and how to overcome associated challenges.
Speaker: Elaine Ho, PhD Candidate, Social and Ecological Sustainability (Water), School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, University of Waterloo