Plan Science Support Team (NSST)
Waterfowl Status Report
These documents affirm the vision of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan to recover waterfowl populations by restoring and managing wetland eosystems, to conserve biological diversity in the western hemisphere, to integrate wildlife conservation with sustainable economic development,and to promote partnerships of public and private agencies,organizations and individuals for conservation. Canada, the United States and Mexico are committed to the ongoing continental effort to restore North America's waterfowl and wetland resources.
In 2005 the North American Waterfowl Management Plan Committee initiated its first continent-wide assessment of the Plan’s goals and accomplishments. This assessment examined what has been accomplished over the past 20 years to determine the extent to which waterfowl populations in North America have benefited from efforts conducted under the Plan’s guidance. The purposes of assessment were to:
- identify desired biological outcomes and habitat conditions needed to achieve those outcomes,
- help to strengthen the scientific underpinnings of the Plan and the joint ventures, specifically assessing the status of adaptive processes needed to ensure continuous improvement in Plan programs,
- reevaluate the resources needed to attain the full vision of the Plan, and
- help to improve the effectiveness of institutional infrastructures and relationships, especially with regard to communication between the joint ventures and the Plan Committee.
This comprehensive analysis was conducted by a group of preeminent waterfowl and habitat scientists from federal, state, and provincial fish and wildlife agencies, universities, and private sector conservation organizations from across North America. The group’s final report, peer review comments, and initial responses from the Plan Committee are included in the documents below.
A Plan Committee sponsored workshop during January 25-26, 2011 brought together a small group of US and Canadian Joint Venture members, academics, and government officials to explore the use of policy in meeting NAWMP goals. The Continental Progress Assessment recognized the importance of effective public and private sector policy to reduce habitat loss and increase habitat protection, restoration and enhancement locally, regionally and continentally. The Plan Committee views the white paper as a foundation from which to build the tools to help JVs to strategically identify and address policy-relevant issues. A “strategic policy advocacy” section discusses an 8-step strategy for influencing policy which includes review and monitoring of the effectiveness of actions. The white paper also includes a section on “strategic foresighting”, an approach for anticipating emerging technological, social, economic and environmental trends that might influence future efforts re: policy issues at JV levels.