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Hague Vaughan

Director of Environment Canada's Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN) Coordinating Office

Dr. Hague H. Vaughan is an ecologist with Environment Canada and since June, 1998 in charge of the Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN) Coordinating Office. EMAN aims to enhance the effectiveness of ecological monitoring in Canada through partnerships and collaboration in areas of shared interest including standardization of methods; outreach, engagement and capacity building; and the improved delivery of needed information to decision-makers. Previously Hague was responsible for the co-ordination of science within the Aquatic Ecosystem Conservation Branch

of the National Water Research Institute and for liaison with other agencies and programs. His responsibilities included the synthesis and communication of science related to Climate Change, Toxic Chemicals, UV-B and Endocrine Disrupting Compounds. Prior to taking up that position in 1989, he was in charge of Environment Canada's water quality monitoring programs in the Prairie and Northern Region. A graduate of Dalhousie University and the University of Florida, he has held positions with the Nova Scotia Department of Environment, Canadian Wildlife Service, the University of Maine, the Florida State Museum and various consulting firms. He has published on archaeology, paleoecology, water chemistry, water quality monitoring, water management, organic analytical methods, acid rain, UV-B, climate change effects on wetlands and landscapes, community engagement, better linking science to decision-making and Scouting.

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EMAN has been engaged in the development of models and approaches for better linking research, monitoring and assessment programs to the needs of decision-makers for a number of years. This disconnection continues to be a principal constraint on the effectiveness with which the scientific community informs society's choices and actions at every scale. A large part of the problem is that the nature of information which best informs society's decisions is often different than that which science routinely provides. Enhancements will be required if some of society's pressing goals such as sustained provision of ecosystem services, policy decisions adequately reflecting interacting economic, social and environmental factors and an engaged public making increasingly informed choices are to be achieved. The engagement of citizens and communities in the monitoring of ecological indicators is a mechanism that can help bridge this gap by providing spatially extensive and timely information tailored to the needs of decision-makers for sentinel information and feedback in support of adaptive management and sustainability processes. Coordination and the use of standardized protocols allow this function to occur at all scales. 

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