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Federal policy

Interests and expectations of the federal Parties

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) works with all political parties and parliamentarians to achieve our wetland conservation mission. The policies and actions of the federal government, implemented through a variety of federal agencies, have significant impacts on Canada’s landscapes and the environment.

In recent federal budgets, the federal government’s focus has been on spending control and promoting measured economic growth. As a result, no significant new money has been earmarked for conservation activities. When new funding is limited, we need to assess how the government is investing its current resources, applying its policies, and what it is developing as future initiatives.

That’s why at DUC we focus our resources on influencing policy at the federal level in four key areas that will serve the best interests of Canada’s wetlands:

1. Maintain and increase Environment Canada (EC) – Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) involvement in the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP). This includes annual funding contributions through grants and contributions agreements to DUC at the provincial and national levels:

2. Ensure the federal government continues to partner with conservation groups like DUC on conservation programs that address habitat securement and restoration on private lands in Canada, such as the Natural Areas Conservation Program NACP.

3. Ensure that federal agriculture policy includes the recognition of wetland values by providing incentives to producers to implement management and land use practices that retain or augment the inherent natural capital of wetlands located on these landscapes. This can happen through the continuation and expansion of programs like the Environmental Farm Plan that includes beneficial management practices (BMPs) for wetland retention and restoration, as a new forage conversion program (support for the conversion of tilled land to hay and pasture) for the prairies:

4. Encourage the development of market-based incentives for habitat conservation that engage private landowners and industry.