To support the long term conservation of migratory birds protected under the Migratory Bird Convention Act there are requirements to avoid the incidental take – killing/harming of migratory birds or the destruction/disturbance of nests and eggs caused by activities not aiming to affect birds, their nests, or eggs – of migratory birds across Canada.

Recognizing a need to address these requirements ESSA worked with the Canadian Wildlife Service to develop a Risk Management Framework that would help decision makers and various development sectors address impacts on migratory birds. The intent of resulting framework was to prioritize management efforts and mitigation activities to maximize conservation gains that are consistent with MBCA.

The resulting framework comprised of four components: (1) a process for determining the regulatory triggers and regulatory responses to situations where incidental take occurs, (2) an effects assessment and screening to understand the nature and scope of potential impacts on migratory birds, (3) a risk characterization to guide interpretation of the significance of a potential impact or risk on migratory birds, and (4) a risk management process to help ensure compensation / mitigation efforts are commensurate with assessed effects.