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Plan Committee Strategic Priorities and Actions over the 2018 Update Period, French

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Document Type
Update / Communique
Strategic Priorites Cover, French

Comité du PNAGS Priorités et mesures stratégiques de la période de mise à jour 2018

 

Le Comité du Plan nord-américain de gestion de la sauvagine (PNAGS) a tenu une séance de planification stratégique en juillet 2018 pour donner suite aux éléments suivants :
1) le rapport nommé « Review of the Plan Committee – Achieving NAWMP Objectives1 », préparé par le Sous-comité des institutions;
2) la recommandation 8 de la mise à jour de 2018 du PNAGS (« Définir clairement les rôles et les responsabilités du Comité du Plan et la façon dont ce dernier et ses
fonctions sont stratégiquement articulés pour faciliter l’intégration au sein de plusieurs groupes de travail. »)


Le présent rapport résume les résultats de cette session et énonce les mesures prioritaires pour le Comité du Plan (CP) au cours de la période initiale de mise en oeuvre de la mise à jour 2018 du PNAGS (2019-2021). Le rapport détermine les principales responsabilités que le CP doit assumer et traite ultimement des recommandations structurelles pour le CP, en plus des décisions qu’il a prises le 10 avril 2019.


Le CP a mis l’accent sur les mesures qu’il pourrait mettre en oeuvre pour aider à atteindre les buts et les objectifs du PNAGS, bien qu’il existe de nombreuses autres mesures que la communauté de la sauvagine dans son ensemble pourrait entreprendre. Le CP s’est appuyé sur les efforts du Sous-comité des institutions pour cerner les questions prioritaires et a chargé un petit groupe de rédiger un rapport clarifiant les rôles et responsabilités clés du CP, ses fonctions, ses priorités stratégiques et ses actions. Une fois ces éléments établis et les liens essentiels avec les groupes de travail mis en place, le CP déterminera quels changements, s’il y a lieu, devront être apportés aux structures et aux processus institutionnels du PNAGS pour implanter avec succès les priorités stratégiques.

Plan Committee Strategic Priorities and Actions over the 2018 Update Period, English

Document Date
Document Type
Update / Communique
Strategic Priorites Cover

The North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) Plan Committee (PC) held a strategic planning session in July 2018 in response to:
1) The report entitled “Review of the Plan Committee – Achieving NAWMP Objectives1” prepared by the Institutions Subcommittee, and
2) Recommendation #8 of the 2018 NAWMP Update (“Clearly define the roles and responsibilities of the Plan Committee and how it strategically structures itself and
its functions to facilitate integration among the various technical work groups.”)


This report provides a summary of the outcomes of that session and articulates the priority actions for the PC over the initial period of implementing the 2018 NAWMP Update (2019-2021). This report identifies a number of primary responsibilities to be accomplished by the Committee and will ultimately address structural recommendations for the PC, in addition to
decisions taken by the PC on April 10, 2019.


The PC focused on actions they could implement to help achieve the goals and objectives of NAWMP, although there are many other actions the waterfowl community as a whole could undertake. The PC built on efforts of the Institutions Sub-Committee, identifying priority issues, and tasked a small group to write a report adding clarity around key roles and responsibilities of the PC, its functions, strategic priorities and actions. Once these are identified and essential linkages with working groups are in place, the PC will determine what, if any, changes in the institutional structures and processes of NAWMP will be necessary to successfully implement the strategic priorities.

Plan Committee 2018 Update Transmittal

Document Date
Document Type
Update / Communique
2018 Update Transmittal

 

On behalf of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan Committee (NAWMP PC), we are pleased to announce the availability of the 2018 NAWMP Update.

The NAWMP has a long and successful history of conserving North American waterfowl. This hard-won success is the result of a commitment to science-based adaptation in delivering habitat conservation and understanding population-management linkages. In keeping with this approach, the 2012 NAWMP Revision and Action Plan sought to expand the base of supporters for waterfowl conservation and challenged the NAWMP community to consider the intersection of waterfowl, habitat, and people in management decisions. While this is new ground for many, we have made remarkable strides in a few short years.

The highlighted achievements in the 2018 Update demonstrate the adaptation and resilience that has made the Plan a success for over 30 years. We know how to focus resources on important landscapes, integrate conservation decisions, address Joint Venture (JV)-level population objectives, and engage hunters, birdwatchers, and the public in conservation actions.  Perhaps most importantly, we have learned that multiple stakeholders share an interest in waterfowl habitat conservation, providing the foundation on which to build and maintain broader support.

While substantive guidance on integrating management decisions continues to develop, the Plan Committee is committed to making rapid progress and fostering timely communication of the results within the NAWMP community. Major accomplishments and sources of input guiding the 2018 Update include an assessment of waterfowl management institutions (measuring progress on each of the seven 2012 Recommendations); a survey of waterfowl and wetland professionals; input from the Future of Waterfowl II Workshop held in September 2017; and surveys of hunters, birdwatchers and the general public in the U.S. and Canada.

This last source of input is especially exciting. Two key findings of these surveys are: 1) clear high-level agreement between hunters and birders about the importance of habitat, and 2) common appreciation for being immersed in the sights and sounds of nature. The PC and the Human Dimensions Working Group will continue to explore the implications of these findings. With quantified measures of stakeholder preference, the NAWMP community can now develop policies, objectives and management actions informed by these preferences.

Please share this email with your networks! We look forward to hearing from you with your thoughts on the Update.

 

Jerome Ford                                                                       Silke Neve

Co-Chair, United States                                                     Co-Chair, Canada

2018 NAWMP Update, French

Document Date
Document Type
Update / Communique
2018 Update, French Cover

La mise à jour du Plan nord-américain de gestion de la sauvagine (PNAGS) de 2018 — Relier les gens, la sauvagine et les milieux humides — poursuit un héritage d’innovation et de collaboration qui s’appuie sur 32 années de réussites en conservation de la sauvagine et des milieux humides sur l’ensemble du continent. Depuis sa création en 1986, le Plan a mobilisé les gouvernements, les organismes de conservation, les propriétaires fonciers et les citoyens du Canada, du Mexique et des États-Unis en tirant parti d’un modèle de partenariat pour la gestion de la sauvagine qui a été largement salué.


La révision du Plan faite en 2012 a permis de présenter une nouvelle orientation stratégique qui a mis la communauté de la sauvagine au défi d’augmenter le soutien de nos chasseurs et des autres citoyens et citoyennes afin d’atteindre des objectifs interdépendants pour les gens, les populations de sauvagine et la conservation des milieux humides. Cette mise à jour du Plan de 2018 présente des exemples de progrès réalisés dans les trois pays en cause dans l’atteinte des objectifs énoncés lors de la révision de 2012. Elle permet en outre d’établir des bases importantes pour intégrer la relation qui existe entre les gens et la nature dans notre initiative de conservation de la sauvagine en Amérique du Nord.


Les citoyens et citoyennes de nos nations accordent beaucoup de valeur aux bénéfices naturels que proposent les habitats qui font l’objet de mesures de conservation dans le cadre du PNAGS. La mise à jour du Plan de 2018 insiste sur l’importance de bien comprendre les préférences et les points de vue des gens; il s’agit là d’un élément essentiel pour répondre aux besoins de la population, mais aussi pour obtenir leur soutien aux mesures de conservation. Nous devons modifier notre approche de conservation de la sauvagine pour nous adapter à un paysage socioécologique qui est en changement et qui transforme le lien existant entre les gens et la nature. Le maintien de ces liens passe par un travail dynamique et continu pour amener nos citoyens et citoyennes, nos communautés et nos pays respectifs à déployer des efforts de conservation vis-à-vis la sauvagine et les milieux humides à fin de protéger les bénéfices naturels qu’ils nous procurent.


Nous reconnaissons la contribution historique apportée par les chasseurs et les autres amateurs de loisirs de plein air dans les efforts de conservation déployés à l’échelle du continent – plus particulièrement les efforts déployés par la communauté de la conservation de la sauvagine et des milieux humides. Nous demeurons résolus à appuyer ce modèle nord-américain de conservation de la faune et nous reconnaissons la valeur des partenariats public-privé pour la conservation de la sauvagine et des milieux humides sur lesquels se fonde le PNAGS.


Nous croyons que, dans le futur, la nature aura une importance de plus en plus grande pour la santé et le bien-être de nos citoyens et citoyennes. Ce plan permet de faire progresser l’ensemble des acquis générés par la coopération internationale afin de s’assurer que la diversité et l’abondance étonnantes de la sauvagine nord-américaine soient protégées pour les générations actuelles et futures. Nous démontrons ainsi notre détermination à promouvoir les liens naturels qui existent entre les gens, la sauvagine et les milieux humides : ces relations assureront un avenir durable pour tous nos citoyens et citoyennes.

Document(s)

2018 NAWMP Update, Spanish

Document Date
Document Type
Update / Communique
2018 Update, Spanish Cover

La Actualización del Plan de Manejo de las Aves Acuáticas de Norteamérica (PMAAN) de 2018 – Conectando a la Gente, las Aves Acuáticas y los Humedales, prosigue con una tradición de innovación y colaboración, que se basa en 32 años de conservación exitosa de los humedales y de las aves acuáticas en todo el continente. Desde su creación en 1986, el plan ha contado con la participación de los gobiernos, organizaciones dedicadas a la conservación, propietarios de tierras y ciudadanos de Canadá, México y Estados Unidos, mediante un modelo de alianza ampliamente reconocido en la conservación y el manejo de las aves acuáticas.


La revisión del plan de 2012 presentó una nueva dirección estratégica que propicia un desafío a la comunidad en torno a las aves acuáticas, para ampliar el apoyo de los usuarios de la vida silvestre y otros ciudadanos para lograr objetivos interrelacionados con las personas, las poblaciones de aves acuáticas y la conservación de los humedales. Esta actualización del Plan de 2018 presenta ejemplos de los avances combinados de nuestros países para alcanzar los objetivos de la actualización del año 2012. También establece una base importante para incorporar una interpretación de la relación de las personas con la naturaleza en la tarea de la conservación de las aves acuáticas de Norteamérica.


Los ciudadanos de nuestros países reconocen y valoran los servicios ambientales que proporcionan los humedales conservados bajo el PMAAN. La actualización del Plan de 2018 pone énfasis en comprender las preferencias y las perspectivas de la gente, tanto para responder a sus necesidades como para conseguir su apoyo para la conservación.  Debemos volver a imaginar nuestro trabajo de conservación de las aves acuáticas en un contexto socio-ecológico en evolución, que está transformando la relación de las personas con el entorno natural. Para mantener estos vínculos debemos continuar trabajando diligentemente para que nuestros ciudadanos, comunidades y países participen en la conservación de las aves acuáticas y los humedales, y disfruten de los servicios ambientales que les brindan.


Reconocemos la contribución histórica que los usuarios de la vida silvestre y otras personas que participan en actividades recreativas al aire libre, han hecho a los esfuerzos de conservación en todo el continente, especialmente los socios que integran la comunidad dedicada a la conservación de los humedales y las aves acuáticas. Seguimos firmes en nuestro apoyo a este modelo norteamericano de conservación de la vida silvestre y reconocemos el valor de las alianzas públicas y privadas dirigidas a la conservación de los humedales y las aves acuáticas que constituyen la base del PMAAN.


De cara al futuro, la importancia del entorno natural para la salud y el bienestar de nuestros ciudadanos nunca ha sido tan grande. Este Plan permite avanzar en el legado de la cooperación internacional para proteger la gran diversidad y abundancia de aves acuáticas de Norteamérica, para las generaciones presentes y futuras. De esta manera, seguimos comprometidos en promover las conexiones naturales que existen entre la gente, las aves acuáticas y los humedales, relaciones que garantizarán un futuro sustentable para todos nuestros ciudadanos.

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2018 NAWMP Update, English

Document Date
Document Type
Update / Communique
2018 Update, English Cover

The 2018 North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) Update—Connecting People, Waterfowl, and Wetlands—continues a legacy of innovation and collaboration that is grounded in 32 years of successful waterfowl and wetlands conservation across the continent. Since its inception in 1986, the Plan has engaged governments, conservation organizations, landowners, and citizens throughout Canada, Mexico, and the United States using a widely acclaimed partnership model of waterfowl management.


The 2012 Plan Revision presented a new strategic direction that challenged the waterfowl community to expand support from our hunters and other citizens to achieve interrelated goals for people, waterfowl populations, and wetland conservation.  This 2018 Plan Update presents examples of our countries’ combined progress toward achieving the goals of the 2012 Revision. It also establishes important groundwork for incorporating an understanding of people’s relationship with nature into the North American waterfowl conservation enterprise.


The people of our nations appreciate and value the natural benefits provided by the habitats conserved under the NAWMP. The 2018 Plan Update emphasizes that understanding people’s preferences and perspectives is critical both to meeting their needs and gaining their support for conservation. We must reimagine our waterfowl conservation work in the context of a changing social-ecological landscape that is transforming the connection of people to the natural world. To maintain these links, we must continue to work diligently to engage our citizens, our communities, and our countries in conserving waterfowl, wetlands, and the natural benefits they provide.


We recognize the historic contribution that hunters and other outdoor recreationists have made to conservation efforts continent‑wide—most notably those in the waterfowl and wetland conservation community. We remain steadfast in support of this North American model of wildlife conservation and recognize the value of the public-private partnerships for waterfowl and wetlands conservation that form the foundation of the NAWMP.


As we look to the future, the importance of the natural world to the health and welfare of our citizens has never been more important. This Plan continues to advance the legacy of international cooperation toward securing the astonishing diversity and abundance of North American waterfowl for current and future generations. In doing so, we remain committed to promoting the natural connections that exist among people, waterfowl, and wetlands—relationships that will ensure a sustainable future for all our citizens.

Document(s)

Canadian Hunter Survey: Summary Report, Pacific Flyway

Document Date
Document Type
Update / Communique

This study is part of a larger North American initiative to examine people’s interactions with waterfowl and wetlands in order to understand the dynamics of these interactions, and how the motivations for these interactions appear to have shifted from consumption to appreciation. This research investigated the characteristics that influence waterfowl hunting participation in Canada, and permit a broader examination of waterfowl conservation in a North American context. This effort represents the first continental effort to actively engage the broad range of stakeholders in the process of developing objectives for waterfowl and wetlands management. Six objectives framed the development of this study:

1. Assess what waterfowl hunters and other waterfowl conservationists (i.e., bird watchers/birders) most desire from their natural resource-based management and social settings to inform NAWMP objectives and select habitat and population management alternatives.
2. Establish baseline measures that can be repeated to inform the development of a Public Engagement Strategy and monitor trends in achieving the NAWMP goal of growing numbers of waterfowl hunters, other conservationists, and citizens who enjoy and actively support waterfowl and wetlands conservation.”
3. Assess waterfowl hunters’ and conservationists’ knowledge, preferences, levels of use and support for waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
4. Assess the general publics’ participation in waterfowl‐associated recreation and how much they support waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
5. Assess the general publics’ awareness and their perceptions regarding the importance of the benefits and values (i.e., Ecological Goods and Services — EGS) provided by waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
6. Assess waterfowl professionals’ perspectives on the levels of waterfowl populations and habitats needed to support hunter and viewer use opportunities.

Canadian Hunter Survey: Summary Report, Central Flyway

Document Date
Document Type
Update / Communique

This study is part of a larger North American initiative to examine people’s interactions with waterfowl and wetlands in order to understand the dynamics of these interactions, and how the motivations for these interactions appear to have shifted from consumption to appreciation. This research investigated the characteristics that influence waterfowl hunting participation in Canada, and permit a broader examination of waterfowl conservation in a North American context. This effort represents the first continental effort to actively engage the broad range of stakeholders in the process of developing objectives for waterfowl and wetlands management. Six objectives framed the development of this study:

1. Assess what waterfowl hunters and other waterfowl conservationists (i.e., bird watchers/birders) most desire from their natural resource-based management and social settings to inform NAWMP objectives and select habitat and population management alternatives.
2. Establish baseline measures that can be repeated to inform the development of a Public Engagement Strategy and monitor trends in achieving the NAWMP goal of growing numbers of waterfowl hunters, other conservationists, and citizens who enjoy and actively support waterfowl and wetlands conservation.”
3. Assess waterfowl hunters’ and conservationists’ knowledge, preferences, levels of use and support for waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
4. Assess the general publics’ participation in waterfowl‐associated recreation and how much they support waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
5. Assess the general publics’ awareness and their perceptions regarding the importance of the benefits and values (i.e., Ecological Goods and Services — EGS) provided by waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
6. Assess waterfowl professionals’ perspectives on the levels of waterfowl populations and habitats needed to support hunter and viewer use opportunities.

Canadian Hunter Survey: Summary Report, Mississippi Flyway

Document Date
Document Type
Update / Communique

This study is part of a larger North American initiative to examine people’s interactions with waterfowl and wetlands in order to understand the dynamics of these interactions, and how the motivations for these interactions appear to have shifted from consumption to appreciation. This research investigated the characteristics that influence waterfowl hunting participation in Canada, and permit a broader examination of waterfowl conservation in a North American context. This effort represents the first continental effort to actively engage the broad range of stakeholders in the process of developing objectives for waterfowl and wetlands management. Six objectives framed the development of this study:

1. Assess what waterfowl hunters and other waterfowl conservationists (i.e., bird watchers/birders) most desire from their natural resource-based management and social settings to inform NAWMP objectives and select habitat and population management alternatives.
2. Establish baseline measures that can be repeated to inform the development of a Public Engagement Strategy and monitor trends in achieving the NAWMP goal of growing numbers of waterfowl hunters, other conservationists, and citizens who enjoy and actively support waterfowl and wetlands conservation.”
3. Assess waterfowl hunters’ and conservationists’ knowledge, preferences, levels of use and support for waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
4. Assess the general publics’ participation in waterfowl‐associated recreation and how much they support waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
5. Assess the general publics’ awareness and their perceptions regarding the importance of the benefits and values (i.e., Ecological Goods and Services — EGS) provided by waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
6. Assess waterfowl professionals’ perspectives on the levels of waterfowl populations and habitats needed to support hunter and viewer use opportunities.

Canadian Hunter Survey: Summary Report, Atlantic Flyway

Document Date
Document Type
Update / Communique

This study is part of a larger North American initiative to examine people’s interactions with waterfowl and wetlands in order to understand the dynamics of these interactions, and how the motivations for these interactions appear to have shifted from consumption to appreciation. This research investigated the characteristics that influence waterfowl hunting participation in Canada, and permit a broader examination of waterfowl conservation in a North American context. This effort represents the first continental effort to actively engage the broad range of stakeholders in the process of developing objectives for waterfowl and wetlands management. Six objectives framed the development of this study:

1. Assess what waterfowl hunters and other waterfowl conservationists (i.e., bird watchers/birders) most desire from their natural resource-based management and social settings to inform NAWMP objectives and select habitat and population management alternatives.
2. Establish baseline measures that can be repeated to inform the development of a Public Engagement Strategy and monitor trends in achieving the NAWMP goal of growing numbers of waterfowl hunters, other conservationists, and citizens who enjoy and actively support waterfowl and wetlands conservation.”
3. Assess waterfowl hunters’ and conservationists’ knowledge, preferences, levels of use and support for waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
4. Assess the general publics’ participation in waterfowl‐associated recreation and how much they support waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
5. Assess the general publics’ awareness and their perceptions regarding the importance of the benefits and values (i.e., Ecological Goods and Services — EGS) provided by waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
6. Assess waterfowl professionals’ perspectives on the levels of waterfowl populations and habitats needed to support hunter and viewer use opportunities.

Canadian Hunter Survey: National Summary Report

Document Date
Document Type
Update / Communique

This study is part of a larger North American initiative to examine people’s interactions with waterfowl and wetlands in order to understand the dynamics of these interactions, and how the motivations for these interactions appear to have shifted from consumption to appreciation. This research investigated the characteristics that influence waterfowl hunting participation in Canada, and permit a broader examination of waterfowl conservation in a North American context. This effort represents the first continental effort to actively engage the broad range of stakeholders in the process of developing objectives for waterfowl and wetlands management. Six objectives framed the development of this study:

1. Assess what waterfowl hunters and other waterfowl conservationists (i.e., bird watchers/birders) most desire from their natural resource-based management and social settings to inform NAWMP objectives and select habitat and population management alternatives.
2. Establish baseline measures that can be repeated to inform the development of a Public Engagement Strategy and monitor trends in achieving the NAWMP goal of growing numbers of waterfowl hunters, other conservationists, and citizens who enjoy and actively support waterfowl and wetlands conservation.”
3. Assess waterfowl hunters’ and conservationists’ knowledge, preferences, levels of use and support for waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
4. Assess the general publics’ participation in waterfowl‐associated recreation and how much they support waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
5. Assess the general publics’ awareness and their perceptions regarding the importance of the benefits and values (i.e., Ecological Goods and Services — EGS) provided by waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
6. Assess waterfowl professionals’ perspectives on the levels of waterfowl populations and habitats needed to support hunter and viewer use opportunities.

Canadian Birdwatching Survey: Summary Report, Pacific Flyway

Document Date
Document Type
Update / Communique

This study is part of a larger North American initiative to examine people’s interactions with waterfowl and wetlands in order to understand the dynamics of these interactions, and how the motivations for these interactions appear to have shifted from consumption to appreciation. This research investigated the characteristics that influence birdwatching and waterfowl hunting participation in Canada, and permit a broader examination of waterfowl conservation in a North American context. This effort represents the first continental effort to actively engage the broad range of stakeholders and management professionals in the process of developing objectives for waterfowl and wetlands management. Six objectives framed the development of this study:

1. Assess what hunters and other waterfowl conservationists (i.e., bird watchers/birders) most desire from their natural resource-based management and social settings to inform NAWMP objectives andselect habitat and population management alternatives.
2. Establish baseline measures that can be repeated to inform the development of a Public Engagement Strategy and monitor trends in achieving the NAWMP goal of “growing numbers of waterfowl hunters, other conservationists, and citizens who enjoy and actively support waterfowl and wetlands conservation.”
3. Assess waterfowl hunters’ and conservationists’ knowledge, preferences, levels of use and support for waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
4. Assess the general publics’ participation in waterfowl‐associated recreation and how much they support waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
5. Assess the general publics’ awareness and their perceptions regarding the importance of the benefits and values (i.e., ecological goods and services — EGS) provided by waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
6. Assess waterfowl professionals’ perspectives on the levels of waterfowl populations and habitats needed to support hunter and viewer use opportunities.

Canadian Birdwatching Survey: National Summary Report

Document Date
Document Type
Update / Communique

This study is part of a larger North American initiative to examine people’s interactions with waterfowl and wetlands in order to understand the dynamics of these interactions, and how the motivations for these interactions appear to have shifted from consumption to appreciation. This research investigated the characteristics that influence birdwatching and waterfowl hunting participation in Canada, and permit a broader examination of waterfowl conservation in a North American context. This effort represents the first continental effort to actively engage the broad range of stakeholders and management professionals in the process of developing objectives for waterfowl and wetlands management. Six objectives framed the development of this study:

1. Assess what hunters and other waterfowl conservationists (i.e., bird watchers/birders) most desire from their natural resource-based management and social settings to inform NAWMP objectives andselect habitat and population management alternatives.
2. Establish baseline measures that can be repeated to inform the development of a Public Engagement Strategy and monitor trends in achieving the NAWMP goal of “growing numbers of waterfowl hunters, other conservationists, and citizens who enjoy and actively support waterfowl and wetlands conservation.”
3. Assess waterfowl hunters’ and conservationists’ knowledge, preferences, levels of use and support for waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
4. Assess the general publics’ participation in waterfowl‐associated recreation and how much they support waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
5. Assess the general publics’ awareness and their perceptions regarding the importance of the benefits and values (i.e., ecological goods and services — EGS) provided by waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
6. Assess waterfowl professionals’ perspectives on the levels of waterfowl populations and habitats needed to support hunter and viewer use opportunities.

Canadian Birdwatching Survey: Summary Report, Mississippi Flyway

Document Date
Document Type
Update / Communique

This study is part of a larger North American initiative to examine people’s interactions with waterfowl and wetlands in order to understand the dynamics of these interactions, and how the motivations for these interactions appear to have shifted from consumption to appreciation. This research investigated the characteristics that influence birdwatching and waterfowl hunting participation in Canada, and permit a broader examination of waterfowl conservation in a North American context. This effort represents the first continental effort to actively engage the broad range of stakeholders and management professionals in the process of developing objectives for waterfowl and wetlands management. Six objectives framed the development of this study:

1. Assess what hunters and other waterfowl conservationists (i.e., bird watchers/birders) most desire from their natural resource-based management and social settings to inform NAWMP objectives andselect habitat and population management alternatives.
2. Establish baseline measures that can be repeated to inform the development of a Public Engagement Strategy and monitor trends in achieving the NAWMP goal of “growing numbers of waterfowl hunters, other conservationists, and citizens who enjoy and actively support waterfowl and wetlands conservation.”
3. Assess waterfowl hunters’ and conservationists’ knowledge, preferences, levels of use and support for waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
4. Assess the general publics’ participation in waterfowl‐associated recreation and how much they support waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
5. Assess the general publics’ awareness and their perceptions regarding the importance of the benefits and values (i.e., ecological goods and services — EGS) provided by waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
6. Assess waterfowl professionals’ perspectives on the levels of waterfowl populations and habitats needed to support hunter and viewer use opportunities.

Canadian Birdwatching Survey: Summary Report, Central Flyway

Document Date
Document Type
Update / Communique

This study is part of a larger North American initiative to examine people’s interactions with waterfowl and wetlands in order to understand the dynamics of these interactions, and how the motivations for these interactions appear to have shifted from consumption to appreciation. This research investigated the characteristics that influence birdwatching and waterfowl hunting participation in Canada, and permit a broader examination of waterfowl conservation in a North American context. This effort represents the first continental effort to actively engage the broad range of stakeholders and management professionals in the process of developing objectives for waterfowl and wetlands management. Six objectives framed the development of this study:

1. Assess what hunters and other waterfowl conservationists (i.e., bird watchers/birders) most desire from their natural resource-based management and social settings to inform NAWMP objectives andselect habitat and population management alternatives.
2. Establish baseline measures that can be repeated to inform the development of a Public Engagement Strategy and monitor trends in achieving the NAWMP goal of “growing numbers of waterfowl hunters, other conservationists, and citizens who enjoy and actively support waterfowl and wetlands conservation.”
3. Assess waterfowl hunters’ and conservationists’ knowledge, preferences, levels of use and support for waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
4. Assess the general publics’ participation in waterfowl‐associated recreation and how much they support waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
5. Assess the general publics’ awareness and their perceptions regarding the importance of the benefits and values (i.e., ecological goods and services — EGS) provided by waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
6. Assess waterfowl professionals’ perspectives on the levels of waterfowl populations and habitats needed to support hunter and viewer use opportunities.

Canadian Birdwatching Survey: Summary Report, Atlantic Flyway

Document Date
Document Type
Update / Communique

This study is part of a larger North American initiative to examine people’s interactions with waterfowl and wetlands in order to understand the dynamics of these interactions, and how the motivations for these interactions appear to have shifted from consumption to appreciation. This research investigated the characteristics that influence birdwatching and waterfowl hunting participation in Canada, and permit a broader examination of waterfowl conservation in a North American context. This effort represents the first continental effort to actively engage the broad range of stakeholders and management professionals in the process of developing objectives for waterfowl and wetlands management. Six objectives framed the development of this study:

1. Assess what hunters and other waterfowl conservationists (i.e., bird watchers/birders) most desire from their natural resource-based management and social settings to inform NAWMP objectives andselect habitat and population management alternatives.
2. Establish baseline measures that can be repeated to inform the development of a Public Engagement Strategy and monitor trends in achieving the NAWMP goal of “growing numbers of waterfowl hunters, other conservationists, and citizens who enjoy and actively support waterfowl and wetlands conservation.”
3. Assess waterfowl hunters’ and conservationists’ knowledge, preferences, levels of use and support for waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
4. Assess the general publics’ participation in waterfowl‐associated recreation and how much they support waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
5. Assess the general publics’ awareness and their perceptions regarding the importance of the benefits and values (i.e., ecological goods and services — EGS) provided by waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
6. Assess waterfowl professionals’ perspectives on the levels of waterfowl populations and habitats needed to support hunter and viewer use opportunities.

Report on Review of the Plan Committee – Achieving NAWMP Objectives

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Update / Communique
PC Review Cover

 

The North American Waterfowl Management Plan, with its 31-year successful history, remains the standard bearer for all continental–scale conservation initiatives. The Plan’s success results in part from a continued commitment to periodic review and renewal. A major revision of the Plan was completed in 2012, expanding the scope of the Plan to include not only waterfowl populations and the habitats needed to sustain them, but also to engage the people who value and support waterfowl and wetland conservation. After 5 years, the Plan Committee recognized that it is time to review the technical and governance-level structures, processes, responsibilities and accomplishments of the parties involved in implementation of the Plan and assess whether adjustments are needed to remain efficient, contemporary, and well-positioned to deliver waterfowl conservation. An overall recommendation calls for a focused and strategic effort to identify and refine a small number of primary responsibilities to be accomplished by the PC over the period covered by the 2018 Update.  Ultimately, the structure, composition, and processes of the PC also would be revisited. Additionally, a specific and near-term recommendation is proposed to retain the function of the Interim Integration Committee (IIC) through advisory membership on the PC from waterfowl working groups and active liaison by PC members.

North American Birdwatching Survey: Summary Report, Mississippi Flyway

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Update / Communique

The 2012 NAWMP Revision Vision Statement provides a new vision of waterfowl management that emphasizes a growing and supportive core of waterfowl hunters and an engaged conservation community inspired by waterfowl and wetlands. The goal is to have a public supportive of waterfowl and wetlands conservation that have strong emotional and pragmatic ties to waterfowl and wetlands.

To facilitate engagement of both the traditional waterfowl hunting community and other nontraditional stakeholder groups who are interested in waterfowl and the conservation of waterfowl and wetlands, the NFC’s Human Dimensions Working Group and other NAWMP partners conducted a research study using both stakeholder and general public surveys of North Americans that can inform: 1) NAWMP objectives; 2) harvest objectives and strategies; 3) habitat management; and 4) public engagement strategies.

This report constitutes the first release of the full results of the birdwatcher study, organized by flyway.

North American Birdwatching Survey: Summary Report, Pacific Flyway

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Document Type
Update / Communique

The 2012 NAWMP Revision Vision Statement provides a new vision of waterfowl management that emphasizes a growing and supportive core of waterfowl hunters and an engaged conservation community inspired by waterfowl and wetlands. The goal is to have a public supportive of waterfowl and wetlands conservation that have strong emotional and pragmatic ties to waterfowl and wetlands.

To facilitate engagement of both the traditional waterfowl hunting community and other nontraditional stakeholder groups who are interested in waterfowl and the conservation of waterfowl and wetlands, the NFC’s Human Dimensions Working Group and other NAWMP partners conducted a research study using both stakeholder and general public surveys of North Americans that can inform: 1) NAWMP objectives; 2) harvest objectives and strategies; 3) habitat management; and 4) public engagement strategies.

This report constitutes the first release of the full results of the birdwatcher study, organized by flyway.

North American Birdwatching Survey: Summary Report, Central Flyway

Document Date
Document Type
Update / Communique

The 2012 NAWMP Revision Vision Statement provides a new vision of waterfowl management that emphasizes a growing and supportive core of waterfowl hunters and an engaged conservation community inspired by waterfowl and wetlands. The goal is to have a public supportive of waterfowl and wetlands conservation that have strong emotional and pragmatic ties to waterfowl and wetlands.

To facilitate engagement of both the traditional waterfowl hunting community and other nontraditional stakeholder groups who are interested in waterfowl and the conservation of waterfowl and wetlands, the NFC’s Human Dimensions Working Group and other NAWMP partners conducted a research study using both stakeholder and general public surveys of North Americans that can inform: 1) NAWMP objectives; 2) harvest objectives and strategies; 3) habitat management; and 4) public engagement strategies.

This report constitutes the first release of the full results of the birdwatcher study, organized by flyway.

North American Birdwatching Survey: Summary Report, Atlantic Flyway

Document Date
Document Type
Update / Communique

The 2012 NAWMP Revision Vision Statement provides a new vision of waterfowl management that emphasizes a growing and supportive core of waterfowl hunters and an engaged conservation community inspired by waterfowl and wetlands. The goal is to have a public supportive of waterfowl and wetlands conservation that have strong emotional and pragmatic ties to waterfowl and wetlands.

To facilitate engagement of both the traditional waterfowl hunting community and other nontraditional stakeholder groups who are interested in waterfowl and the conservation of waterfowl and wetlands, the NFC’s Human Dimensions Working Group and other NAWMP partners conducted a research study using both stakeholder and general public surveys of North Americans that can inform: 1) NAWMP objectives; 2) harvest objectives and strategies; 3) habitat management; and 4) public engagement strategies.

This report constitutes the first release of the full results of the birdwatcher study, organized by flyway.

National Survey of Waterfowl Hunters: Summary Report, Pacific Flyway

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Document Type
Update / Communique

To facilitate engagement of both the traditional waterfowl hunting community and other nontraditional stakeholder groups who are interested in waterfowl and
the conservation of waterfowl and wetlands , the NFC’s Human Dimensions Working Group and other NAWMP partners conducted a research study using both stakeholder and general public surveys of North Americans that can inform: 1) NAWMP objectives; 2) harvest objectives and strategies; 3) habitat management; and 4) public engagement strategies.

This report constitutes the first release of the full results of the waterfowl hunter study, organized by flyway.

National Survey of Waterfowl Hunters: Summary Report, Mississippi Flyway

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Update / Communique

To facilitate engagement of both the traditional waterfowl hunting community and other nontraditional stakeholder groups who are interested in waterfowl and
the conservation of waterfowl and wetlands , the NFC’s Human Dimensions Working Group and other NAWMP partners conducted a research study using both stakeholder and general public surveys of North Americans that can inform: 1) NAWMP objectives; 2) harvest objectives and strategies; 3) habitat management; and 4) public engagement strategies.

This report constitutes the first release of the full results of the waterfowl hunter study, organized by flyway.

National Survey of Waterfowl Hunters: Summary Report, Central Flyway

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Document Type
Update / Communique

To facilitate engagement of both the traditional waterfowl hunting community and other nontraditional stakeholder groups who are interested in waterfowl and
the conservation of waterfowl and wetlands , the NFC’s Human Dimensions Working Group and other NAWMP partners conducted a research study using both stakeholder and general public surveys of North Americans that can inform: 1) NAWMP objectives; 2) harvest objectives and strategies; 3) habitat management; and 4) public engagement strategies.

This report constitutes the first release of the full results of the waterfowl hunter study, organized by flyway.

National Survey of Waterfowl Hunters: Summary Report, Atlantic Flyway

Document Date
Document Type
Update / Communique

To facilitate engagement of both the traditional waterfowl hunting community and other nontraditional stakeholder groups who are interested in waterfowl and
the conservation of waterfowl and wetlands , the NFC’s Human Dimensions Working Group and other NAWMP partners conducted a research study using both stakeholder and general public surveys of North Americans that can inform: 1) NAWMP objectives; 2) harvest objectives and strategies; 3) habitat management; and 4) public engagement strategies.

This report constitutes the first release of the full results of the waterfowl hunter study, organized by flyway.

 

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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Public Views of Wetlands and Waterfowl Conservation in the United States

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Update / Communique
U.S. Public Survey Cover

Public Views of Wetlands and Waterfowl Conservation in the United States—Results of a Survey to Inform the 2018 Update of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan

This report provides information from a general public survey conducted in early 2017 to help inform the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) 2018 update. This report is intended for use by the NAWMP advisory committees and anyone interested in the human dimensions of wetlands and waterfowl management. A mail-out survey was sent to 5,000 addresses in the United States, which were selected randomly in proportion to the population of each State. A total of 1,030 completed surveys representing 49 States were returned, resulting in a 23 percent overall response rate.

More information:  https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/ofr20171148

Birdwatcher Survey, 1-page summary

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Document Type
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, 1-page Summary

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Document Type
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.

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, 1-page summary

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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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Document Type
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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Document Type
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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Update / Communique
Workshop

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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Update / Communique

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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Document Type
Update / Communique
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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Document Type
Update / Communique
6th NADS cover

 

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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Document Type
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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Document Type
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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Document Type
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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Update / Communique

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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Document Type
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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Update / Communique
JTG Cover

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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Document Type
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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Document Type
Update / Communique
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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Update / Communique
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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Document Type
Update / Communique
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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Update / Communique
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.