What We Do - Alberta NAWMP Partnership.

  • The Alberta NAWMP

    The Alberta NAWMP Partnership conserves and protects Alberta’s wetland resources and associated upland habitat. We draw our vision and mission directly from our parent partnership, the Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV).

  • Our Vision

    Healthy prairie, parkland and boreal landscapes that support sustainable bird populations and provide ecological and economic benefits to society.

  • Our Mission

    Provide leadership to achieve healthy and diverse waterfowl and other bird populations through conservation partnerships. These partnerships strive for sustainable and responsible management of the landscape taking into account social, economic and environmental factors.

How We Do It

The Alberta NAWMP Partnership achieves its restoration and habitat retention goals through a broad mix of directed, science-based conservation activities, focused extension and communications endeavours, and proactive efforts to support conservation policy and legislation.

  • Led by Science

    All of our efforts have a foundation in solid scientific principles. Research and science lays the groundwork upon which our
    programs to conserve wetlands are developed and implemented. We work closely with the top waterfowl and wetland scientists
    and fund science projects related to our priorities each year.

  • Supporting Policy

    We understand how important the roles of policy and legislation are to the future of Alberta’s wetlands and associated uplands. That’s why we work with policy makers and various stakeholder groups  to understand and support  new and existing laws, policies and programs related to environmental conservation.

  • Communicating Our Successes

    Communication plays a key role in strengthening and promoting the Alberta NAWMP Partnership. That’s why we are fully engaged in communications and outreach activities that inform and challenge our partners and showcase our innovations and adaptations to the broader NAWMP community.

Alberta NAWMP at Work

The Alberta NAWMP Partnership was established in 1986 to help achieve the continental NAWMP goal of restoring waterfowl populations to average levels of the 1970s. At the time, waterfowl populations were declining across North America. Since then, the Alberta NAWMP Partnership has established unprecedented, cooperative approaches to delivering direct conservation programs, coordinating extension programs, addressing policy challenges, and building partnerships. Ultimately, the work of The Alberta NAWMP Partnership contributes to conserving Alberta’s rich biological diversity.

  • The Plan

    The Alberta NAWMP Partnership is guided by Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV) Implementation Plans, which provides direction for provincial partners in conservation planning, program implementation and policy initiatives.

  • Approach

    Guided by the Plan, the Alberta NAWMP Partnership develops and delivers complementary direct, extension and policy habitat programs to both restore and retain wetlands and uplands in prairie and parkland Alberta.

    The Alberta NAWMP also supports a variety of wetland related studies that span agricultural, water management and ecological studies.


The ground breaking partnership that makes the Alberta NAWMP possible has resulted in many accomplishments, helping us support continental conservation goals. Since 1986, through the collective efforts of our partners,more than $567 million has been spent to conserve over 3.1 million acres of waterfowl habitat in Alberta.

The annual Alberta NAWMP Progress Reviews provide a complete picture of the breadth and scope the activities and accomplishments of the Partnership in a given year.

As partners, we continually hone our efforts to make the best use of available resources. Our diverse initiatives and activities demonstrate our commitment to helping achieve the NAWMP goal of returning waterfowl populations to their average 1970s levels.


The Alberta NAWMP boasts a long-term, highly integrated working arrangement among our partners. These partners advance Alberta NAWMP habitat restoration and retention objectives through a broad mix of conservation activities that include direct programming, extension initiatives and policy support.