The Peace-Athabasca Delta: MacKenzie River Basin (Canada)

  • Jeffrey ShatfordEmail author
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The Peace-Athabasca Delta in northern Alberta is one of the largest freshwater deltas (>4,000 km2) in the world. The highly complex ecosystem of lakes, wetlands and meadows supports a diverse assemblage of plants and animals. The delta is remote and continues to sustain the well-being of the First Nations communities that have depended on the area for centuries. However, large scale industrial developments upstream of the delta represent significant threats. Issues and concerns raised by stakeholders in the region have been informed by the collaborative monitoring program that has been on-going in various forms since the 1970’s.


Pulse flood Perched basin First Nations Ice Wood Buffalo Ramsar 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Resource Management Objectives BranchVictoriaCanada

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