NAWMP has been heralded by some as a global model for conservation partnerships. Nowhere has this been more evident than in Alberta. Since 1986, a diverse mix of federal and provincial government and non-government organizations has guided programs and projects under Alberta’s provincial NAWMP Implementation Plan.
Implementation of the Plan 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.
The Alberta NAWMP Partnership has accomplished much in this time. We have succeeded in raising the profile of wetland issues in Alberta, advanced scientific knowledge to support wetland protection and restoration, developed synergies by coordinating wetland-related programs, secured approximately two million acres in habitat projects acres, and supported the development of mutually beneficial provincial water and land resource strategies.