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Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy: 1996-2000

Wetlands International - Asia Pacific
International Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Bureau - Japan Committee (IWRB-J), 1996
ISBN 983 9663 18 6


Note: This publication has been superseded by Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy: 2001-2005

Objective J - Review and strengthening of waterbird and habitat conservation policies and legislation

To harmonize domestic, national and state policies and legislation and develop mechanisms for the effective implementation of inter-nationally compatible policies for the long-term conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats in the Asia-Pacific region.

Basis for action

In most nations, there exists a variety of policies and legislation that relate to the conservation of waterbirds and their habitats. Since these policies and legislation emphasise national needs, most have overlooked the international perspective necessary for the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats. Consequently, several globally-threatened migrants may be hunted in some countries, as they are not afforded adequate protection status and the habitats they utilize are being converted to other uses.

Action J.1

Review and develop guidelines for policies and legislation for the conservation management of migratory waterbirds and habitats.

Note: The criteria and guidelines should include the following elements and should emphasize the importance of popular participation in policy making and implementation.

  1. Monitor migratory waterbirds and their habitats.
  2. Develop criteria for listing species to be protected at a national level.
  3. Refine existing criteria (for example, Ramsar criteria) to identify the migratory waterbird habitats to be conserved.
  4. Review national legislation in order to assist governments to develop appropriate management mechanisms for the exploitation of migratory waterbirds.
  5. In line with establishing legislations and regulations, develop mechanisms to regulate activities conducted in areas identified as important for migratory waterbirds.
  6. Review the need to develop guidelines for design and implementation of natural habitat rehabilitation programmes for the maintenance of viable migratory waterbird populations, especially in countries that have lost significant habitats.
  7. Design and implementation of public awareness and information programmes of existing migratory waterbird and habitat conservation policies and legislations.

Action J.2

Disseminate guidelines for policies and legislation for conservation management of migratory waterbirds and habitats to countries and territories in the region.

Action J.3

Promote the implementation of necessary changes to policies and legislation for the conservation management of migratory waterbirds and habitats by nations and territories.

Action J.4

Recognize and promote recommendations arising from existing habitat and waterbird conservation conventions and agreements.