Newfoundland and Labrador's wetland habitat stewardship program works within the context of the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture to secure, enhance and restore important fresh and saltwater wetlands for waterfowl and other wildlife species. We sign wetland stewardship agreements with municipalities that manage significant wildlife habitat within their planning boundaries, where development pressure is often greatest. Towns formally commit to securing designated wetlands within their municipal planning boundaries, and to implementing "wise use" principles as outlined within a conservation plan.
We also work with coastal communities to enhance and restore significant sea duck and sea bird habitat, namely common eider nesting islands. We sign coastal stewardship agreements with these communities, which commit to following a conservation plan that outlines "wise use" principles related to activities that impact coastal habitat and wildlife.
As a result of stewardship agreements, residents become more aware of the ecological value of wetland or coastal habitat in their communities, and are empowered to implement conservation actions that benefit local wildlife.