Waterbirds for the Americas
The Waterbird Conservation for the Americas initiative is a partnership supporting
a vision in which the distribution, diversity, and abundance of
populations and habitats (breeding, migratory, and nonbreeding)
of waterbirds are sustained or restored throughout the lands and
waters of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Threats
to waterbirds and their habitats have stimulated a significant response
by individuals and organizations concerned with their conservation.
The Waterbird Conservation for the Americas initiative (Waterbird Initiative) was launched in 1998
to link these efforts, and is an international, broad-based, voluntary
partnership dedicated to waterbird conservation. In Canada, the
U.S., and Mexico, it complements the initiatives existing for other
bird groups, specifically the North American Waterfowl Management
Plan, Partners in Flight, and the national Shorebird Plans, all
of which come together in the North American Bird Conservation Initiative.
In addition, the Waterbird Initiative addresses conservation of
waterbirds in the Caribbean, Central America, and open waters of
the Pacific and Atlantic.
The North American Waterbird Conservation
Plan (the Plan) is one product of the Waterbird Conservation for the Americas
initiative. Other anticipated products include a continent-wide
monitoring partnership, national waterbird plans, regional waterbird
plans, a continental conservation status assessment document, educational
materials, training workshops and symposia.