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Canada Renews the North American Waterfowl Management Plan Today

OTTAWA, December 7th, 2004 - The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of the Environment, announced today that Canada is renewing its commitment under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP.)

NAWMP is an international partnership agreement among Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, aimed at restoring waterfowl populations in North America to 1970s levels. The Plan details how it will achieve this, by securing, enhancing and managing wetland and upland habitat across the continent.

In signing the Plan, Minister Dion stated "I truly believe that a rich and healthy biodiversity is beneficial to the health, welfare and prosperity of all Canadians. This international agreement makes it clear that we, along with our American and Mexican partners, are serious about protecting waterfowl and their habitat, and, in a broader sense, the environment as a whole. Our collective prosperity depends on all of us taking concerted actions to protect the environment. Our future depends on it."

NAWMP is implemented and financed through joint venture partnerships involving federal, state and provincial/territorial government agencies, along with non-government organizations, the private sector (such as mining, forestry, agriculture and power generation) and private landowners. In terms of financing and numbers of hectares secured, NAWMP is one of the most successful environmental conservation initiatives anywhere in the world.
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