Purpose of the ONE Monitoring Program
The Niagara Escarpment Plan, Canada's first large-scale ecosystem-based land use plan, came into effect in 1985. The Plan implements the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act. The goal of the Act is:
"to provide for the maintenance of the Niagara Escarpment and lands in its vicinity substantially as a continuous natural environment, and to ensure only such development occurs as is compatible with that natural environment."
The Ontario's Niagara Escarpment (ONE) Monitoring Program was developed to determine if the Niagara Escarpment Plan is achieving the goal and objectives of the Act. The program focuses on the Escarpment as a living, interconnected landscape and examines the linkages between land use change and ecosystem status.
Traditional monitoring approaches often focus on one aspect of the environment (e.g. air, water). The ONE Monitoring Program uses a suite of indicators to monitor a wide range of ecosystem components.
The Biosphere Reserve Connection
The ONE Monitoring Program supports the Escarpment's designation as a World Biosphere Reserve by implementing research and monitoring and providing education and training to biosphere reserve communities.
ONE Monitoring Plots