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Future of Waterfowl 2 Synthesis Report

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Update / Communique
Workshop
FoW2 Synthesis

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.

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Birdwatcher Survey

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Update / Communique

 

The purpose of the NAWMP Birdwatcher survey included: 1) identifying the key attributes important to birding experiences; 2) assessing the knowledge, preferences, levels of use and support for waterfowl and wetlands conservation; 3) assessing importance of ecological goods and services provided by wetlands; 4) assessing decisions to participate in birdwatching and level of identity as birdwatcher, hunter and conservationist; and 5) examining the social, political, economic and human capital capacity for conserving waterfowl and wetlands.

Waterfowl Hunter Survey

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Update / Communique

 

The purpose of the NAWMP hunter survey included: 1) identifying the key attributes important to hunting experiences; 2) assessing the knowledge, preferences, levels of use and support for waterfowl and wetlands conservation; 3) assessing importance of ecological goods and services provided by wetlands; 4) assessing decisions to participate in hunting and level of identity with waterfowl hunting and conservation; and 5) examining the social, political, economic and human capital capacity for conserving waterfowl and wetlands.

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NAWMP Organization Survey

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Update / Communique

Twenty-nine organizations (Flyways, Joint Ventures, Government, Non-government) identified actions they’d undertaken to implement 7 recommendations from the 2012 NAWMP Revision (“Revision”). Ascertained, too, were stakeholders and outputs/outcomes of actions. 

U.S. General Public Survey

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Update / Communique

The general public survey focuses on attitudes and preferences concerning conservation and natural resource management that will be functional for NAWMP decision making. The survey explores participation in and attitudes toward waterfowl and wetlands-based activities, engagement in conservation behaviors, preferred communication channels and sources, knowledge and awareness of wetlands, and importance of wetlands ecological goods and services

A Survey of Waterfowl Professionals - Final

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Update / Communique

Primary objectives for the survey included:

  • Provide opportunity for the management community (those responsible for providing waterfowl hunting and viewing opportunities and conserving important habitats) to provide general feedback on implementation of the 2012 NAWMP Revision.
  • Obtain an evaluation from survey participants on:
    • Progress on the recommendations from the 2012 NAWMP Revision Action Plan (listed later in the survey)
    • How well these recommendations capture needs over the next 5-10 years.
    • The priorities for focusing the community’s work over the next 5-10 years.

7th North American Duck Symposium

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Update / Communique

Progress towards 2012 NAWMP goals was reported during a special session at the seventh North American Duck Symposium. Our purpose was to update the waterfowl management community (primarily a technical audience) but also to continue meaningful steps towards Plan goals. 

Symposium results were later published in the Journal of Wildlife Management.

Assessing 2012 NAWMP Implementation

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Update / Communique

The waterfowl management community has implemented efforts to advance recommendations outlined in the 2012 NAWMP Revision and the subsequent Action Plan. Next steps take the form of desired outcomes, that can be introduced during the FoW2 and possibly included in the Update. 

A Survey of Organizations

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Update / Communique

As part of the assessment of the 2012 NAWMP Revision, a survey was sent to key waterfowl and wetland conservation organizations in North America—29 responses were received (Table 1). This DRAFT summary is intended to inform discussions of the Update Steering Committee during their June 21-23, 2017 meeting. 

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Assessment of Organizations

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Update / Communique

As part of the assessment of the 2012 NAWMP Revision, a survey was sent to key waterfowl and wetland conservation organizations in North America—29 responses were received. This DRAFT summary is intended to inform discussions of the Update Steering Committee during their June 21-23, 2017 meeting and at the Future of Waterfowl Workshop 2.

Survey of Waterfowl Professionals

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Update / Communique

A survey of waterfowl professionals (n=597) was conducted as an opportunity for the management community to provide general feedback on implementation of the 2012 NAWMP Revision. The survey provides an evaluation from 367 survey respondents (61%) about progress on the recommendations from the 2012 NAWMP Revision and priorities for the community’s work over the next 5-10 years. 

Implementing the 2012 NAWMP Revision: 2017 Update (May)

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Update / Communique

The fundamental revision of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP or Plan) in 2012 added an explicit goal for waterfowl conservation supporters, complementing existing goals for sustainable populations and sufficient habitat. Adding goals and objectives for supporters increased potential relevance of the Plan; however, it also presented a level of complexity that was not entirely anticipated. Simultaneous consideration of multiple objectives, although implicit before, now is a specific focus for habitat and harvest management affecting hunters and other users of the waterfowl resource. The waterfowl management community has implemented several efforts to advance seven recommendations outlined in the 2012 NAWMP Revision and the subsequent Action Plan. Progress, briefly summarized below, has focused on clarified objectives, some key integration challenges, a commitment to informed management decisions, and possible amendments to the institutions and processes of waterfowl management. The challenge to waterfowl managers is to continue progress in these areas while also considering next steps that will be emphasized in a 2018 update of the Plan. 

Implementation of the 2012 NAWMP Revision - Status

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Update / Communique

This report captures results of discussions by the Interim Integration Committee and the Update Steering Committee in Minneapolis during 13-14 July 2016 and later at the Plan Committee meeting in August. Included is a general synthesis providing context, a brief update of work in progress, and desired outcomes for the Future of Waterfowl Management Workshop II and the 2018 Update.

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

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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.

Revised Objectives Progress Report

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Update / Communique
2014 Porgress 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 From Joint Ventures, Flyways, and Individuals

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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

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PC  Communique

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.

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6th North American Duck Symposium

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Update / Communique
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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.

2012 NAWMP Plan - People Conserving Waterfowl and Wetlands

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Update / Communique
2012 NAWMP Revision Cover

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

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Update / Communique
DJ Case Comment Analysis Cover

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

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Update / Communique

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.

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Plan Update - New Communique

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The NAWMP Revision Steering Committee and Technical Team are working on evaluating the data from Round 1 workshops. The attached Communique 2 provides a brief update. 

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The Future of Waterfowl Management Workshop Report

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Update / Communique
Waterfowl Management Workshop Cover

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

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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

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Continental Progress Assessment

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Update / Communique

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.

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2007 Continental Assessment

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Update / Communique
2007 Assessment Cover

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.

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2004 Implementation Framework

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Update / Communique
2004 Implementation Framework

To most effectively convey goals, priorities, and strategies, the 2004 Plan is presented in two separate
documents. This document, Implementation Framework, provides detailed discussion of the Plan’s
themes and includes much supporting technical information for use by biologists and land managers.
The companion document, Strategic Guidance, is comparable in length and scope to the 1986 Plan and
the updates of 1994 and 1998. It is directed to all Plan partners, agency administrators, and policy
makers who set the direction and priorities for conservation in our three countries.We hope that the
thousands of partners involved in the conservation of our natural resources will find these documents
useful for continuing their vital work.

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2004 Strategic Guidance, Strengthening the Biological Foundation

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2004 Update Cover

The beginning of the 21st Century marks the conclusion of the first 15-year cycle of the 1986 North American
Waterfowl Management Plan—a public-private approach to managing waterfowl in Canada, Mexico, and the
United States. This approach launched a new era in wildlife conservation as it set out a blueprint for developing
partnerships to conserve shared natural resources, one that is still vital today.


With this document, 2004 North American Waterfowl Management Plan - Strengthening the Biological Foundation, the
three countries will set forth another 15-year cycle. They envision sustainable landscapes, consultation and
cooperation with partners, and strong biological foundations, to secure the conservation of waterfowl and their
habitats for future generations.


This Plan continues to expand on the last 15 years of success to meet the challenges for a new century. The
parties recognize that the conservation of North American waterfowl should be pursued through cooperative
planning and coordinated management, based on the best scientific knowledge available.

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1998 Update, Expanding the Vision

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1998 Update

The 1986 North American Waterfowl Management Plan launched a new era in wildlife conservation, setting out a blueprint for developing public–private partnerships to conserve natural resources. Today, thousands of partners in our three nations have established a continental conservation legacy, one that is based on sound science and a landscape approach. Building on this foundation, the 1998 Update, Expanding the Vision, envisions a North America where the needs of waterfowl—and indeed all wild species— are considered, as citizens participate in making decisions about the use of landscapes. We enthusiastically endorse this concept and encourage leadership by Plan partners in implementing this vision well into the next century.

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1994 NAWMP Update, Expanding the Commitment

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1994 Update

 

This document affirms the vision of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan to recover waterfowl populations by restoring and managing wetland ecosystems, 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.

With this accord, Canada, the United States and Mexico renew their commitment in this continental effort to restore North America's waterfowl and wetland resources.

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Original North American Waterfowl Management Plan, A Strategy for Cooperation

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Original NAWMP

 

Losses of breeding, migration and wintering habitats have resulted in alarming declines in some waterfowl species.

To cope with this, current programs are in critical need of expansion, and new initiatives should be devised and carried out.

This Plan presents what wildlife managers in the two countries believe to e appropriate waterfowl population goals to meet public demand, and actions needed to achieve these goals. It has been reviewed by public and private conservation organizations, and the general public; and many of their comments have been incorporated in the text.  It provides information for those who enjoy and value waterfowl and describes the actions and the size of the task necessary to achieve the goals.