2012 NAWMP REVISION ARCHIVE

Integration Workshop Report - Lessons Learned about Integration Steps for People and Habitat

In February 2015, the NAWMP Science Support Team (NSST) and Interim Integration Committee (IIC) met jointly in Memphis, TN, and began to explore ways of integrating objectives for waterfowl habitat and people, the latter including hunters, other conservation supporters and the general public.

Participants were exposed to approaches and efforts attempting to integrate habitat-human objectives and monitor responses and progress toward integration, and were actively engaged in generating and summarizing ideas.

Defining the “problem set”, i.e., explicitly specifying the linked habitat-people objectives and associated management decisions, was challenging. Yet, all groups managed to make progress, and identify trade-offs associated with decisions that could most benefit birds, people or both target groups.

6th North American Duck Symposium

 

Implementing the 2012 North American Waterfowl Management Plan: people conserving waterfowl and wetlands

Abstract

The North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) is a continental ecosystems model for wildlife conservation planning with worldwide implications.
Since established in 1986, NAWMP has undergone continual evolution as challenges to waterfowl conservation have emerged and information available to support  conservation decisions has become available. In the 2012 revision, the waterfowl management community revisited the fundamental basis for the Plan and placed greater emphasis on sustaining the Plan’s conservation work and on integration across disciplines of harvest and habitat management. Most notably, traditional and  nontraditional users (i.e. hunters and wildlife viewers) of the resource and other conservation supporters are integrated into waterfowl conservation planning.


Challenges ahead for the waterfowl management enterprise include addressing trade-offs that emerge when habitat for waterfowl populations versus habitat for humans are explicitly considered, how these objectives and decision problems can be linked at various spatial and temporal scales, and most fundamentally how to sustain NAWMP conservation work in the face of multi-faceted ecological and social change.

Future of Waterfowl 2 Synthesis Report Released

The Synthesis Report was released January 29, 2018 and is available below.  All the FoW2 Workshop-related files are also available on the NAWMP site.  This report is a synthesis of main results obtained from the breakout sessions only, and you should still expect to see a full report on the entire workshop in the near future.

 

For questions or comments regarding the FoW2 Workshop and Synthesis Report, please contact the FoW2 Co-Chairs:  Bob Clark (bob.clark@canada.ca) and Paul Padding (paul_padding@fws.gov).

2012 NAWMP Action Plan

The NAWMP Action Plan is a companion document to the 2012 NAWMP. It provides initial guidance and strategic ideas for implementing the 2012 NAWMP. As its title implies, the Action Plan is a call to action. In addition to identifying key actions for each of the seven recommendations in the 2012 NAWMP, it contains technical details and ideas to advance creation of an integrated waterfowl management enterprise.

Revised Objectives Addendum Released

As a result of considerable effort put forth by the waterfowl management community over the last year, one of seven recommendations outlined in the 2012 NAWMP Revision has been formally completed. The attached addendum to the Plan Revision outlines revised objectives for waterfowl populations, waterfowl habitat, and those who enjoy and actively support waterfowl and wetlands conservation. Although much work remains, these objectives represent an important step toward ensuring that management programs are aligned and work in a complementary fashion. Efforts to formally integrate management actions, assess stakeholder values, evaluate harvest management strategies, and engage waterfowl conservation supporters remain as near-term challenges to the waterfowl conservation community.

Revised Objectives for Waterfowl Conservation Planning Addendum

As a result of considerable effort put forth by the waterfowl management community over the last year, one of seven recommendations outlined in the 2012 NAWMP Revision has been formally completed. This document outlines revised objectives for waterfowl populations, waterfowl habitat, and those who enjoy and actively support waterfowl and wetlands conservation. Although much work remains, these objectives represent an important step toward ensuring that management programs are aligned and work in a complementary fashion. Efforts to formally integrate management actions, assess stakeholder values, evaluate harvest management strategies, and engage waterfowl conservation supporters remain as near-term challenges to the waterfowl conservation community.

Revised Objectives Progress Report

Over the past several months, the Interim Integration Committee has accomplished the task set out last fall by the NAWMP Committee to oversee the review and development of contemporary and coherent objectives for waterfowl populations, people, and habitat. With input from the waterfowl management community that task has been advanced, and the revised "working objectives" follow in the attached document.

Revised Objectives Progress Report

Over the past several months, the Interim Integration Committee has accomplished the task set out last fall by the NAWMP Committee to oversee the review and development of contemporary and coherent objectives for waterfowl populations, people, and habitat. With input from the waterfowl management community that task has been advanced, and the revised "working objectives" follow in the attached document.

Work Plan Feedback Received

The 2012 Revision of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) was signed in late spring 2012, an Action Plan was approved by the NAWMP Committee in December 2012, and the Interim Integration Committee (IIC) developed a draft work plan which was sent to the waterfowl management community in July 2013. Since July, we have received considerable input to the IIC work plan and associated draft revisions to NAWMP objectives. Although comments on the plan have reflected diverse views, the collective input has been very helpful in identifying the emerging themes that will need to be addressed.

All responses to the IIC work plan are posted below - take an opportunity to review the different insights provided by your colleagues. This input will be reviewed by the NAWMP Committee in mid-April and the work plan and draft objectives revisited later in the month. Any additional thoughts you have should be directed to Dale Humburg, who chairs the IIC.

Work Plan Feedback From Joint Ventures, Flyways, and Individuals

A collection of documents with feedback on the work plan. Although comments on the plan have reflected diverse views, the collective input has been very helpful in identifying the emerging themes that will need to be addressed.

PC Co-Chair Communique: Progress in Implementing the 2012 Plan Revision

A communique to the waterfowl management community from the co-chairs of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan Committee. 

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An Interim Integration Committee (IIC), prescribed in the Action Plan, has been charged with facilitating the integration of waterfowl management and advancing many of the specific recommendations identified in the Revision and Action Plan. You will have received a DRAFT WORK PLAN from the IIC in mid-July, and we discussed this at length last week at our Plan Committee meeting in Winnipeg.


In addition we heard reports from the nascent Human Dimensions Working Group (HDWG), the NSST, the NAWMP Joint Ventures, and the Plan Committee’s new Public Engagement Team (PET). Collectively the work of these groups, in partnership with all of you is advancing the recommendations of the 2012 Revision on many fronts. As Co-Chairs of the international Plan Committee we are committed to implementing the 2012 Plan and updating you from time to time on the progress of this important work.

PC Communique: Progress in Implementing the 2012 Plan Revision

An Interim Integration Committee (IIC), prescribed in the Action Plan, has been charged with facilitating the integration of waterfowl management and advancing many of the specific recommendations identified in the Revision and Action Plan. You will have received a DRAFT WORK PLAN from the IIC in mid-July, and we discussed this at length last week at our Plan Committee meeting in Winnipeg.


In addition we heard reports from the nascent Human Dimensions Working Group (HDWG), the NSST, the NAWMP Joint Ventures, and the Plan Committee’s new Public Engagement Team (PET). Collectively the work of these groups, in partnership with all of you is advancing the recommendations of the 2012 Revision on many fronts. As Co-Chairs of the international Plan Committee we are committed to implementing the 2012 Plan and updating you from time to time on the progress of this important work.

...As leaders of the Plan Committee, we are pleased and much encouraged to see the evident level of broad engagement and enthusiasm for implementing the 2012 NAWMP Action Plan and the work of the important task groups noted above. We look forward eagerly to an on-going process of engagement, and we invite all interested individuals and agencies to identify ways in which you can contribute time, expertise, or other resources to our collective enterprise of waterfowl management.


We understand that the 2012 Revision has set us on a challenging quest. But we have at hand the opportunity to re-focus our collective actions to sustain the birds and habitats and human connections to waterfowl and wetlands that we hold dear in the face of unprecedented social, economic and ecological changes. We look forward to your growing collaboration in this vital work.

Interim Integration Committee Work Plan

A letter from the 2012 Revision of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) discussing the adoption of 3 goals.

  • Abundant and resilient waterfowl populations to support hunting and other uses without imperiling habitat.
  • Wetlands and related habitats sufficient to sustain waterfowl populations at desired levels, while providing places to recreate and ecological services that benefit society.
  • Growing numbers of waterfowl hunters, other conservationists and citizens who enjoy and actively support waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
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The North American Waterfowl Management Plan - 2012 Revision

In 1986 Canada, Mexico and the United States adopted The North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP or Plan), launching a new era in wildlife conservation. The Plan has remained a leading model for other international conservation plans. In large measure, this is because it is a living and evolving document and is updated periodically with engagement of the broad waterfowl conservation community. The 2012 Revision continues the tradition of innovation and collaboration.

Why a revision? Why now?
Today we face greater pressures on waterfowl populations and habitat than ever before, including expanding human populations; increased urbanization; global demands for food, energy and fresh water; and climate change. It is urgent, given these challenges, that waterfowl managers review and re-establish their fundamental conservation goals – something that has not been done in a quarter-century. The 2012 Revision provides the framework for a more coherent waterfowl management system that will enable us to achieve essential conservation goals.

What was the process?
The revision process began in March 2009, when the Plan Committee formed the NAWMP Revision Steering Committee to serve as a focal point for gathering, vetting and synthesizing ideas from the waterfowl management community and to advise the Plan Committee on the content of the Plan Revision. Jim Ringelman, Ducks Unlimited, wad contracted to coordinate the revision process. Over the next two years 15 consultation workshops in the United States and Canada to gain input from the waterfowl management community on the fundamental goals for waterfowl management in the 21st Century. Additional public review and comment on an initial draft further honed the concepts, goals and objectives of the revised NAMWP. The consultation workshop results and review comments are located in the Revision Process Archive.

2012 NAWMP Plan - People Conserving Waterfowl and Wetlands

The 2012 North American Waterfowl Management Plan – People Conserving Waterfowl and Wetlands presents a bold renewed vision for the future, grounded in 25 years of implementation of the 1986 North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Since its creation, the Plan has achieved wetlands and waterfowl conservation successes by adopting a partner­-based model that has been broadly acclaimed and widely emulated.

Building on a remarkable legacy of coordinated public-­private strategies for managing waterfowl, our three countries have embarked on an ambitious journey to achieve a new conservation vision.  Extensive public consultations have confirmed that we need to pursue abundant and resilient waterfowl populations and sustainable landscapes, through management decisions based on strong biological foundations. This Plan focuses more than ever on expanding an engaged community of users and supporters. This includes hunters and a non-­hunting public, both committed to conservation and valuing waterfowl and their habitat as essential characteristics of the North American landscape. Citizens of our three countries ascribe increasing value to the broad suite of ecological values associated with wetlands and other important waterfowl habitats. They place their trust in science-­based management that ensures sustainable populations of waterfowl. This Plan responds to the changing needs of our evolving societies while respecting and recommitting to the rich traditions that have been ours since before the founding of our nations.

Synthesis of Comments on Draft Plan - DJ Case and Associates

The North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) Committee sought public comment on the Draft Revised Plan (Draft) from August 25, to September 26, 2011. Comments were submitted one of four ways:

  • Email to info@nawmprevision.org
  • A web form located at www.nawmprevision.org
  • Comment document uploaded to www.nawmprevision.org
  • Or mailed to the USFWS Division of Bird Habitat Conservation, 4401 North Fairfax Drive MS4075, Arlington, VA 22203, Attn: NAWMP Revision Comments.

NAWMP Draft Revision Comments

Written comments on the draft NAWMP revision document were received from more than 50 individuals and organizations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. These have been compiled into one PDF document. The comments are not arranged in any particular order in the document.

NAWMP Input Session September 15 in Omaha, NE

A NAWMP Input Session will be held from 8 AM-noon on September 15, following the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' annual meeting in Omaha. The purpose of the session is to provide information about, and discuss, institutional and technical elements being considered for the Revision and companion Action Plan. The writing team is hosting this opportunity to discuss emerging ideas on integrated management and other aspects of the Action Plan and the Revision. The session will take place at the Hilton Omaha. Registrations are not required.

Round 2 Workshops - Agenda, Presentations and Results

Seven Round 2 consultation workshops were held between September 2010 and February 2011. The first was held in conjunction with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies annual meeting. Feedback from that workshop helped to modify the agenda and process for the remaining workshops. Those workshops - held in New Orleans, Denver (Dec. 7), Portland OR, Denver (Feb. 3), Edmonton, and Ottawa - followed a different agenda than the Grand Rapids Workshop. The agenda and powerpoint presentations used for those six workshops are attached below. (Grand Rapids results are further below.) Results from each of the four US and the two Canadian (but not Grand Rapids) include the TurningPoint slides, the compiled valuing exercise average, and the table discussion notes. The table discussion notes include suggestions for clarification of the fundamental objectives as well as suggested measurable attributes.

NAWMP Workshops Completed

Over 150 participants have provided input on fundamental goals for waterfowl management at stakeholder input workshops in Portland Oregon, Memphis Tennessee, Sacramento California, Edmonton Alberta, Ottawa Ontario, and Milwaukee Wisconsin. In addition, input received from flyway councils, individuals via the website, and other sources will be posted to the website in coming weeks The Revision Steering Committee and technical support team will meet April 20-22 to synthesize result and begin the next stage of the revision process.

The Future of Waterfowl Management Workshop Report

The Future of Waterfowl Management Workshop was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 26-28, 2008. The workshop was an important step in the evolution of waterfowl management in North America. Throughout its history, the waterfowl management community has shown great capacity for innovative thinking and action in the interest of improving waterfowl management according to specific objectives, as witnessed by creation of the Flyway Councils, the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Adaptive Harvest Management, and the National Duck Hunter Survey. The Workshop marks yet another key point in the continuing development of a scientifically-based and socially-responsive management framework.

2007 Joint Task Group Report

This report addresses one of the most fundamental debates in waterfowl policy and management -- the relative roles of habitat conservation and harvest regulation. The original framers of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (Plan) recognized the inherent linkages among harvest, habitat, and hunters. The Plan set the stage for the next two decades of waterfowl conservation, during which managers demonstrated a capacity to deliver habitat initiatives through joint ventures, developed a technical framework for harvest management, and became increasingly aware of the role of stakeholders, especially hunters. To date, however, the waterfowl management community has not explicitly integrated these elements under a cohesive framework.  This integration will require identification of meaningful, measurable goals that integrate habitat conservation, harvest management, and stakeholder support.

...Considerable technical work will be required to integrate uncertainties about habitat and harvest management. Pursuit of a unified framework for waterfowl management at the continental scale must include additional elements, particularly the incorporation of stakeholder desires, clarification of key ecological uncertainties such as the functional form of density dependence, and models that link local habitat management with continental waterfowl demography

Continental Progress Assessment

In 2005 we were asked by the Plan Committee of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP or Plan) to form an Assessment Steering Committee (ASC) and to conduct the first continental biological assessment of the Plan in its 20 year history. This report summarizes our findings from that effort.

2007 Continental Assessment

In 2005 we were asked by the Plan Committee of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP or Plan) to form an Assessment Steering Committee (ASC) and to conduct the first continental biological assessment of the Plan in its 20 year history. This report summarizes our findings from that effort.


Our quest has been challenging, informative, and rewarding. Through our interviews, we learned that the Plan Community throughout the continent is very active on many fronts tackling important issues and conserving habitats in many key waterfowl areas for breeding, wintering, and migrating needs. While these efforts have cumulatively affected millions of acres since l986, much work remains to be done before Plan goals for waterfowl populations will be realized.


Our report contains several recommendations which we believe will move the entire Plan effort closer to attaining its continental waterfowl population goals. We strongly urge the Plan Committee to take these recommendations under advisement and to act on them prudently yet promptly. We were very impressed with the professionalism, expertise, and dedication of the many Plan partners. They are truly the backbone of the Plan and we are confident that they represent a highly competent force that is more than capable of acting upon the Plan Committee’s leadership and guidance to implement their recommendations.