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Data Sources and Methods for the Habitat Secured for Waterfowl Indicator

4. Methods

Under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), secured wetland and upland habitat is protected, either through land acquisition or through long-term (at least 10 years) legally binding agreements with landowners. Examples of securement include land purchases, donations, easements and transfers of title from the Crown to management agencies.

Habitat secured under NAWMP is recorded and tracked using the NAWMP National Tracking System. The indicator is the sum of the waterfowl habitat area (in km2) secured by the four Canadian habitat joint ventures: Pacific Birds Habitat (Canadian portion only); Canadian Intermountain; Eastern Habitat; and Prairie Habitat, including the Western Boreal Forest region.

For each year, the amount of habitat secured is calculated by adding the area that is newly secured and subtracting the area of expired agreements.

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