Other Partnerships

Hay-Zama Lakes Wildland Park & Dalai Lake National Nature Reserve International Twinning Agreement

Hay-Zama Lakes Wildland Park was "twinned" with Dalai Lake National Nature Reserve (Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China) in 2008. Both parks are recognized as Wetlands of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

Hay-Zama Lakes Wildland Park preserves a huge wetland that is visited by thousands of waterfowl each year. Due to its importance for migrating waterfowl, Hay-Zama Lakes was designated under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 1982. The Hay-Zama Lakes area has long been recognized by Aboriginal Peoples for its natural values.

Dalai Lake National Nature Reserve protects wetlands that are considered internationally important for migratory birds under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. It also contains grassland ecosystems. Dalai Lake Biosphere Reserve is also recognized under UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme.

Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

Known as the Ramsar Convention, the Convention on Wetlands is an intergovernmental treaty. It provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.

Alberta has 4 parks that help protect wetlands of international importance recognized under the Ramsar Convention.

UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme 

The Man and the Biosphere Programme is an intergovernmental scientific program under UNESCO. It aims to set a scientific basis to improve the relationship between people and their environment globally.

The Man and the Biosphere Programme was launched in the early 1970s. It proposes an interdisciplinary research agenda and capacity-building that target the ecological, social and economic dimensions of biodiversity loss and the reduction of this loss.

Important Bird Areas 

Canada's Important Bird Areas Program is a science-based initiative to identify, conserve and monitor a network of sites that provide essential habitat for Canada's bird populations.

There are 43 designated Important Bird Areas in Alberta. Thirty parks help to protect all or portions of 19 Important Bird Areas in Alberta.

ParkClassIBA Name
Wood BuffaloNational ParkPeace-Athabasca Delta

Land Trusts and Conservation Easements

Parks Division works with land conservation agencies and organizations to ensure the protection of Alberta's larger landbase.

Examples of partnership initiatives


Central Rockies Ecosystem Interagency Liaison Group

Beaverhills Initiative

Updated: Jul 25, 2016