Using conceptual modeling to advance an integrated watershed management approach in the Aishihik drainage basin
Joe, Nadia Felicia
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SubjectAishihik; Conceptual modeling; First Nations; Integrated watershed management; Traditional knowledge
Changing conditions, increased, and at times competing demands on water resources, and relatively new requirements for shared and sustainable management of water resources indicate the need for an updated water management approach in the Aishihik Drainage Basin. Ideas from Integrated Watershed Management appear to be well suited to the regional context but additional tools are needed to synthesize data from two distinct systems: western scientific methods and traditional knowledge. This study showed the tools and techniques from conceptual modeling advance integrated watershed management in a manner that considers local values and is consistent with newer legal requirements in the southwest Yukon. Conceptual modeling techniques helped to identify critical links between activities and valued ecosystem components. These models can facilitate the development of management priorities which lay the foundation for the future development of an integrated watershed management plan.
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