National Wetland Policy: Canada

  • Mark Everard
Reference work entry


Canada hosts a major portion of the world’s wetland resource base, encompassing more than 127 million ha of wetlands which represents up to one-quarter of the world’s wetland area. The Federal Policy on Wetland Conservation was issued by the Government of Canada in 1991 following the development throughout 1986 and early 1987 of a national statement and fact sheet by the environmental regulator, Environment Canada. At the time of writing, Canada is considering revision of its Federal Wetland Policy.


Government of Canada Environment Canada Land use Wise use Green Plan Wetland loss 


  1. Alberta Government. Alberta Wetland Policy. 2013. [online] Accessed 29 July 2014.
  2. Government of Canada. The Federal Policy on Wetland Conservation. 1991. [online] Accessed 29 July 2014.
  3. Warner BG, Rubec CDA. The Canadian Wetland Classification System, Second Edition. 1997. [online] Accessed 29 July 2014.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Water Security Network, University of the West of EnglandBristolUK

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