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Wetland Policy

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The Water for Life: Action Plan (2009), under Healthy Aquatic Ecosystems, set out key actions related to wetlands:

  • Finalize and implement a new wetland policy for Alberta
  • Complete an Alberta wetlands inventory
  • Apply research and knowledge to develop and model indicators of wetland health

Progress on Key Actions

The Alberta Wetland Policy was released in September 2013. The Policy provides the strategic direction and tools required to make informed management decisions in the long-term interest of Albertans. The policy will minimize the loss and degradation of wetlands, while allowing for continued growth and economic development in the province.

The goal of the Alberta Wetland Policy is to conserve, restore, protect and manage Alberta’s wetlands to sustain the benefits they provide to the environment, society and economy. To achieve this goal, the policy will focus on four outcomes:

  • Wetlands of the highest value are protected for the long-term benefit of Albertans
  • Wetlands and their benefits are conserved and restored in areas where losses have been high
  • Wetlands are managed by avoiding, minimizing and if necessary, replacing lost wetland value
  • Wetland Management considers regional context

On November 6, 2013, the Alberta Merged Wetland Inventory replaced the initial Alberta Canadian Wetland Classification System (CWCS) Merged Wetland Inventory.

Research and knowledge to develop and model indicators of wetland health have also been extensively addressed through work on the Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tools (ABWRET) and the Wetland Ecosystem Services Protocols for Alberta (WESPAB).

For further information, see:

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Updated: Jan 20, 2016