Yukon is hosting the biannual North American Caribou workshop for the first time since 1983. (Mike Bedell/CPAWS/Canadian Press)

Yukon is hosting this year's North American Caribou workshop.

The gathering of scientists and other professionals working to preserve caribou populations, which takes place every two years, starts today at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre in Whitehorse.

About 350 delegates, from across North America and Europe, are taking part.

Troy Hegel, the event's chair, says it’s a good opportunity to learn from people from other regions.

"By bringing all these people together in one room, you can actually learn from one another in the sense of what actions are actually working, but also what's not working. I mean if something's not working in one district, maybe we know now that's not something another district wants to try."  

Hegel says habitat alteration continues to be a shared concern for all participants.

"There's a lot of interest in how the impacts of industrial development can be mitigated or reduced."

The theme of this year's North American Caribou workshop is “Caribou Conservation and Management: What’s Working?”

Representatives of First Nations government, academia and industry are attending.

This is the 15th North American Caribou workshop. It was last held in Whitehorse in 1983.

Delegates taking part in this week's event are coming from across North America and as far away Europe.