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Advancing Conservation Together: Who is the AB NAWMP Partnership?

June 28th, 2022

Since 1986, through the collective efforts of our partners, more than $586 million has been spent to conserve over 3.1 million acres of waterfowl habitat in Alberta, to help achieve the goals of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP). The groundbreaking partnership that makes the Alberta NAWMP Partnership possible has resulted in many accomplishments, helping us support continental conservation goals through our interprovincial responsibilities as a key partner to the Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV), guided by the PHJV’s Implementation Plans (IP) for the Prairie Parkland and Western Boreal Forest regions.

Implementation of NAWMP in Alberta was coordinated by the Alberta NAWMP Centre from 1991 to 1996 and then by Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) from 1997 to present day. This waterfowl habitat program was originally named Alberta Prairie CARE (Conservation of Resources and the Environment) and co-delivered by Alberta Sustainable Resources Development (ASRD) until 1996 when the name changed to the Alberta NAWMP Partnership.

Currently the Partnership comprises of five key Partners that have a responsibility for Alberta’s wetlands as part of their mandates, including Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP), Alberta Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development (AAFRD), Environment Climate Change Canada (ECCC), Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), and Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) – The annual Alberta NAWMP Progress Reviews provide a complete picture of the breadth and scope of the Partnership’s success each year.

The five Partners continually seek opportunities to work with each other, with regional and municipal organizations, and other stakeholders. These collaborative networks enhance existing wetland and upland stewardship efforts, launch innovative initiatives that otherwise might not happen, and build interest in and capacity for wetland and upland conservation. Together, the Partners and their collaborators are making exciting progress on shared conservation goals.

WetlandsAlberta.Ca is an extension of the Partnerships’ commitment to sharing the vision, knowledge, and experience of our Partners in wetland, waterfowl, and grassland conservation. And most importantly, providing resources for Albertan’s seeking answers to maintaining and protecting these critical provincial habitats.

In the upcoming weeks and months ahead, AB NAWMP will be working with key partners to ensure WetlandsAlberta.Ca remains updated, useful, and relevant to today’s wetland conservation challenges.

For more information contact AB NAWMP Coordinator Greg Hale.