In January 2016, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) hosted a two-day Wetlands Best Management Practices (BMP) Workshop. The workshop focused on collaborative engagement with participants to discuss planning and operating BMPs that could be adopted by regulators, industry, and other stakeholders to effectively manage Canadian boreal forest wetlands. Participants included industry, government, consultants, and not-for-profits. 

The purpose of this workshop was to:

  1. Promote the sharing of information about effective planning and operating BMPs for working in and around boreal wetlands; and

  2. Identify user preferences to help guide the creation of a boreal wetland BMP Information Management and Exchange System (IMES) to promote the sharing of information among stakeholders. 

Day 1 of the workshop focused on information management and exchange. It included presentations on how companies collect, manage, store, and share BMP information; demonstrations of IMES websites; and discussions about challenges and opportunities relating to the sharing of BMP information. 

Day 2 of the workshop provided opportunities for exchanging BMP information. It included government and industry keynote presentations; roads plenary presentations; a panel question-and-answer period with keynote and plenary speakers; and concurrent BMP presentations on a range of topics including pipelines, well pads, emerging technologies, and integrated land use planning.