Peace-Athabasca Delta Ecological Monitoring Program (PADEMP)
Concerns about cumulative impacts from regional development and climate change have led to the formation of the Peace-Athabasca Delta Ecological Monitoring Program (PADEMP) by a group of stakeholders working together for long-term monitoring and reporting on the health of the Peace-Athabasca Delta through western science and traditional knowledge.
As one of the largest inland freshwater deltas in the world, the Peace-Athabasca Delta (3900 km2) is a complex and dynamic ecosystem of rivers, lakes, channels, marshes, and grasslands. Its lush wetlands provide habitat for 45 species of mammals, 214 species of birds, and 20 fish species. Designated as a Ramsar site, or Wetland of International Significance, the delta is ecologically important as a nesting and staging area for migratory waterfowl from all four North American flyways. Eighty percent (80%) of the delta is within Wood Buffalo National Park, which is a World Heritage Site. The delta is a homeland for the Aboriginal people of the region.