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Policy Committee Members

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Co-Chairs:

  • Peter Joyce, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment
  • Shane Gabor, Ducks Unlimited Canada

Policy Committee Coordinator: Hugh Hunt

Members:

  • Terra Simieritsch, Alberta NAWMP Partnership
  • Stephen Carlyle, Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation
  • Corie White, Water Security Agency (Saskatchewan)
  • Ron Bennett, Environment and Climate Change Canada

In the PHJV, policy initiatives are activities undertaken by joint venture partners with the purpose of supporting government legislation, policies and programs that benefit wetlands and upland waterfowl habitat.

Agricultural land use changes, wetland loss, and water management under conditions of flooding or drought, are major issues of current policy concern to the PHJV that are common across all three Prairie Provinces.

Despite consistency in these issues of current policy concern across the three Prairie Provinces, joint venture partners recognize that the key determinants affecting wetlands and upland waterfowl habitat on the Canadian prairies relate to water management, land use, and resource development policies.

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These matters fall almost exclusively within the jurisdictional authorities of the provincial governments of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. While the issues of wetland loss, agricultural land use change and water management may be common to all three provinces, the status of public policy development and approach to deal with these issues is different in each jurisdiction.Thus, the opportunities and approach to influence provincial policies are also different.

The Policy Committee reports to the PHJV Advisory Board and works closely with the PHJV Science and Communications Committees.

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The PHJV Policy Committee encourages the development of programs and policies promoting the sustainable use of land, soil, and water resources in Prairie Canada.  This is accomplished by actively supporting the work of provincial NAWMP implementation teams, encouraging interagency collaboration, and enabling knowledge and information exchange between provinces.

The Policy Committee acts on policy leadership and actions with, and in support of: