The purpose of the East Gulf Coast Plain Joint Venture (EGCPJV) is to effectively secure a sustainable future for birds and the habitats upon which they rely by strategically integrating the conservation actions of our partners across the East Gulf Coastal Plain.
What Are Joint Ventures?
Habitat joint ventures are self-directed partnerships that have formally accepted responsibility for implementing national or international bird conservation plans within a specific geographic area. On a regional scale, joint ventures conduct: biological planning and conservation design; project development and implementation; monitoring, evaluation, and applied research activities; communications and outreach; and fundraising.
The framers of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan devised the Joint Venture concept in the late 1980s for two simple reasons that remain valid today:
To develop the foundation of scientific data necessary to determine the amount and location of habitat needed to support waterfowl population at continental goal levels.
To foster public-private partnerships for focused habitat protection, restoration, enhancement, and management.
Who we are
The EGCPJV is a diverse, self-directed partnership of 14 federal agencies, state agencies, academic, and non-profit conservation organizations with a mutual interest in bird and bird habitat conservation. The EGCPJV was founded in 2006 to facilitate bird conservation across portions of six states that comprise the East Gulf region. We are an “all-bird” JV, committed to implementing the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan, North American Waterbird Conservation Plan, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, and Partners in Flight Landbird Conservation Plan.
The EGCPJV is governed by a Management Board. We receive funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, corporate donations, and various federal and private grants. We maintain a staff committed to assisting our partners with strategic bird conservation delivery, and also provide support funding for the highest priority work of our partners through grants and cost-share arrangements.
How we work
Guided by a shared vision, partners in the EGCPJV have committed to following a strategic, iterative framework designed to improve how partners approach decision making and resultant actions in support of bird and habitat conservation objectives. In addition, by addressing bird conservation within a large region delineated by ecological similarities rather than political boundaries, the EGCPJV can better address habitat conservation at scales and in contexts that are most relevant to bird populations. The EGCPJV is committed to fulfilling its vision in a manner that supports those of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Partners In Flight, the U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan, Waterbird Conservation for the Americas, the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, and the umbrella partnership, the North American Bird Conservation Initiative.