Mackenzie River Basin
WWF-Canada’s goal is to protect the ecological and cultural integrity of two of the MRB's remarkable freshwater deltas – the Peace-Athabasca and the Slave – which depend on the natural rhythms of high and low river flows to sustain spectacular biodiversity and traditional livelihoods.
To date, WWF-Canada has been engaged in the development of a water management plan for the Lower Athabasca River, a major tributary of the Mackenzie River, through its role in the Phase 2 Framework Committee (P2FC). As part of WWF-Canada's Freshwater Program, we have attempted to protect the environmental flows (also known as instream flow needs) of the Lower Athabasca River. WWF-Canada played a leadership role in the P2FC providing technical guidance in certain areas and standing firm on recommendations pertaining to legal implementation, robustness to climate change, and the incorporation of an Ecosystem Base Flow, essential components of environmental flow protection and any water management plan that aims to meet economic, social, and environmental objectives over the long-term.