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Species Specialist Subcommittees

COSEWIC consists of 31 voting members. Of these, the Species Specialist Subcommittee (SSC) co-chairs provide expertise on particular taxonomic groups. Each SSC is composed of two co-chairs and normally at least five additional members who are experts in relevant fields, and have broad knowledge and experience and a demonstrated commitment to wildlife conservation. SSC members are drawn from universities, provincial wildlife agencies, museums, Conservation Data Centres, and other sources of expertise on Canadian species. With their help, SSC co-chairs develop candidate lists of species to be considered for assessment, commission status reports for priority species, review reports for scientific accuracy and completeness, and propose to COSEWIC a status for each species. At the meetings of COSEWIC, the co-chairs of each SSC present reports resulting from their SSC's work for consideration by the full COSEWIC membership.

View a list of species associated with a species specialist subcommittee by making a choice below:

Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Subcommittee

Of the 31 voting members of COSEWIC, the co-chairs of the Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Subcommittee (ATK SC) provide expertise on Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge. The subcommittee is in its formative stages, and will be responsible for ensuring that Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge is incorporated into COSEWIC's assessment process.

Note that the Web page on "Wildlife Management Boards and COSEWIC" has been moved to the About COSEWIC section.