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Degree Name

Master of Environmental Studies (MES)


Geography & Environmental Studies


Faculty of Arts

First Advisor

D. Scott Slocombe

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Thesis Supervisor


This thesis investigates the theory and practice of integration in resource and environmental management. Research on integration is growing as a result of the escalating demands placed on resources, an increase in the quality and quantity of information available concerning the environment, and the increased involvement and coordination of partners and participants in resource and environmental decision-making. Focus is placed on several resource and environmental decision-making. Focus is placed on several resources and environmental management processes in the Southwest Yukon, including wildlife management, protected areas management, forest management and environmental assessment. A case study approach is utilized to examine the perception and practical application of integration in these processes, and to guide the collection of relevant qualitative evidence through documentation and open-ended interviews. A conceptual framework built around the existing integration literature has shaped and directed the analysis of this study. The conceptual framework identifies opportunities for and practical applications of integration. However, experience from the Southwest Yukon suggests that the current definition of integration requires refinement. Factors affecting the successful implementation of integration, including communication, politics, time and capacity, are also discussed.

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