Ducks Unlimited Canada

Ducks Unlimited Canada

May 15, 2014 14:59 ET

Environment, Canadians to Benefit from Federal Announcement

National Conservation Plan Includes Investment in Wetlands

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - May 15, 2014) - Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) today congratulated the Government of Canada for placing wetland conservation at the very heart of its new National Conservation Plan (NCP).

The NCP announcement marks the culmination of nearly three years of public consultations with DUC and other partners who worked with the federal government to inform the plan's development. DUC was delighted to see consensus amongst all parties on the importance of making wetland conservation a cornerstone of the NCP.

Under this major new initiative, Canadians are poised to enjoy a healthier environment, more recreational opportunities and a more sustainable economy, thanks to a focused effort to conserve and enhance some of Canada's most threatened ecosystems.

"This is a great day for Canada and marks a critical step for securing the social, economic and ecological health and prosperity of this country for future generations," said DUC president Mac Dunfield. "The importance of wetlands for Canadians came through loud and clear."

The Prime Minister unveiled a $252 million National Conservation Plan that includes programs to restore degraded wetlands as well as a new national wetland conservation fund valued at $50 million over five years to support wetland restoration projects across Canada. The fund would also complement the critical habitat securement programs under a renewed federal Natural Areas Conservation Plan, which was also announced today.

DUC is confident that these federal commitments will not only make a difference for Canada's globally significant natural heritage, but also will benefit all Canadians and promote a strong, sustainable economy.

"An investment in wetlands is not only an investment in critical habitat for fish and wildlife, but it is also an investment in green community infrastructure, jobs for rural communities, a sustainable working landscape and in providing Canadians - especially young Canadians - with opportunities to connect with nature," Dunfield said.

DUC chief executive officer Greg Siekaniec said, "Ducks Unlimited Canada looks forward to building a stronger partnership with our long-time and valued colleagues at the Canadian Wildlife Service in delivering wetland conservation right across Canada under this new plan."

DUC looks forward to continuing to work with other stakeholder partners to move forward to implement this plan.

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. www.ducks.ca

Contact Information

  • James W. Brennan, BA, MBA
    Director of Government Affairs
    Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Office: (613) 565-2525
    Cell: (613) 612-4469
    j_brennan@ducks.ca