This stand-alone synthesis section forms a major product arising from the Future of Waterfowl Workshop II Report. The objective of this synthesis is to summarize dominant ideas and key messages emerging from the workshop presentations and discussions. Much of the information contained here was obtained from workshop participants during facilitated break-out sessions that focused on the issues of “Awareness and Public Engagement” and “Institutions and Integration”. During those sessions, participants identified the strengths and weaknesses of their organizations, then identified opportunities and threats associated with “Awareness and Public Engagement” and “Institutions and Integration”, and finally, generated ideas about how to use our strengths and overcome our weaknesses to take advantage of opportunities and ward off threats. Additional information was generated from comments provided by individuals who responded to the post-workshop survey of participants.
Combined with other sources, this information will be used to help guide the development of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) 2018 Update and is expected to provide ideas for conservation initiatives over the next 3-5 years.