Community Training to Enhance Wetland Conservation Through Sustainable Forest Management—Training Packages for Communities
Enhancing wetland conservation and engaging communities by providing sustainable forest management training packages.
Why this Project Matters
Wetlands are one of the most important ecosystems on the planet, but up to 70% of wetlands have been lost in settled areas of Canada. More are lost every day. As part of larger efforts to engage communities to counter this loss of wetlands, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) has published sustainable forest management guidebooks that are for sale. Training resources published by DUC are important tools that equip practitioners with skills to enhance wetland conservation through sustainable forest management. However, cost is a barrier to some user groups, limiting the reach and impact of these resources. Over 5,000 people registered for the course when it was offered for free from April to June 2020. The free offering increased awareness and understanding about wetlands in Canada.
How the Project Is Enhancing Wetland Conservation and Engaging Communities by Providing Sustainable Forest Management Training Packages
This project is also focused on increasing awareness within communities that received training packages about green job opportunities within the forest and conservation sector. The training packages will enhance the accessibility of training and education opportunities for First Nations and Métis communities in Alberta. To increase awareness of green job opportunities, DUC will include A Guide to Green Jobs in Canada Voices of Indigenous Professionals, published by Project Learning Tree Canada, an initiative of SFI. The training package will also include information about the SFI Small‑Scale Forest Management Module for Indigenous Peoples, Families, and Communities. Recipients will have the opportunity to follow up with project partners with questions about the guides.
The SFI Community Grant Program is supporting this project. SFI is also providing free copies of A Guide to Green Jobs in Canada Voices of Indigenous Professionals as well as information about the SFI Small‑Scale Forest Management Module for Indigenous Peoples, Families, and Communities. The Western Canada SFI Implementation Committee will also give the project team access to the SFI network. SFI’s existing relationships with Indigenous communities will also be leveraged.
How this Project Builds SFI Community Engagement
Deciding which groups and individuals will receive the training packages will be an exercise in community engagement. Outreach to teachers and students and Indigenous and other community groups is key to this project. After the training packages are delivered, recipients will be engaged over the phone and online. These discussions will focus on soliciting feedback, answering questions, and gauging interest in further engagement and discussions. This project will also enhance the relevancy of training, education, and green job opportunities to DUC’s efforts to preserve wetlands. It also has the potential to inform forestry students and Indigenous youth about green career options related to sustainably managing wetlands.
This partnership includes conservationists, educators, forestry students, and Indigenous and SFI‑certified organizations.
Project lead: Ducks Unlimited Canada
Sustainable forestry Initiative
Western Canada SFI Implementation Committee
Millar Western Forest Products Ltd. (SFI‑certified company)
Ducks Unlimited Canada has a mission to conserve, restore, and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.
DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations, and landowners to get its work done so DUC can connect people to nature and make a healthier world for future generations. DUC has worked hard for more than 80 years to save Canada’s wetlands. These sloughs, ponds, marshes, and bogs play a critical role in maintaining the health of our environment, our economy and our lifestyles. Wetlands are one of the most important ecosystems on the planet, but up to 70% of wetlands have been lost in settled areas of Canada. More are lost every day. But DUC is making a difference. In 2020 alone, the DUC community helped conserve almost 40,000 hectares/99,000 acres of land that benefits the habitats of more than 600 wildlife species. Learn more.