Science and Policy
The EHJV science program focuses on research, evaluation and monitoring programs, such as the Marsh Monitoring program in Ontario, Québec and the Maritimes. The Joint Venture continually works to improve the impact of investments on conservation actions. As with all EHJV efforts, sound science and a partnership approach are at the core of the planning, implementation and evaluation of all science activities. Specifically, EHJV partners work to maintain high-quality wetland and upland habitats that sustain healthy and abundant populations of waterfowl and other birds, when possible.
EHJV partners encourage governments of all levels to support conservation and protect wetlands. Policy activities are non-confrontational and informed by science. For example, EHJV partners facilitate bird-habitat conservation initiatives, programs, policies and legislation. The EHJV partners work within existing policy frameworks to promote beneficial policies and legislation that support waterfowl and wetland habitat, as well as habitat for all birds. They also encourage sustainable land-use practices by promoting science-based rationales to support proposed regulatory and legislative changes. Policy efforts, if highly focused and outcome-oriented, have great potential to impact land-management practices across the landscape for the benefit of wildlife and communities.