Canada’s minister of environment and climate change, Catherine McKenna, announced that the Government of Canada will provide $10 million over two years to support the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, which helps protect wetlands and migratory birds.
“Protecting our wetlands is an important part of our commitment to conserve Canada’s nature,” said Catherine McKenna, minister of environment and climate change. “By working together with partners to implement the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, we are making progress toward protecting our natural landscapes and the species at risk that depend on them.”
The North American Waterfowl Management Plan is an international partnership that conserves and protects wetland and upland habitats and their waterfowl populations by securing and improving wetlands. Canada is working with partners like the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Island Nature Trust, and the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation to protect the waterfowl and the places they call home.
“With this announcement, the federal government is making a significant investment toward achieving the goals of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, one of the most successful conservation programs in the world,” said Karla Guyn, chief executive officer of Ducks Unlimited Canada. “Canadians will see many long-term benefits, including more habitat for waterfowl and species at risk, improved water quality, and enhanced carbon sequestration.”
The funding will enable partners to implement projects that will secure and restore at least 10,000 hectares of wetlands. These areas include habitats that are of the highest value for migratory birds.
“The protected wetlands resulting from new federal funding will contribute many environmental benefits, including biological diversity, water quality, flood control, and resilience to climate change impacts,” said Tim Sopuck, chief executive officer of the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation.
By working with partners across the country to conserve wetlands, the Government of Canada can protect and preserve more of Canada’s nature for future generations.