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Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

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Note: This publication has been superseded by Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy: 2001-2005


All over the world, birds attract the attention and interest of people. Migratory waterbirds often have a special significance, since many appear at traditional sites at almost precisely the same time, year after year, and during migration usually move through a number of countries. Thus the conservation of migratory species is the responsibility of more than one nation, and requires cooperation at regional and international levels.

The challenge of conservation is especially daunting in a region as large and diverse as the Asia-Pacific. The region comprises over 57 countries and territories, and more than 200 waterbird species migrate between them on a regular basis. Governments and non-governmental agencies must be committed to work together to secure the long-term future of the birds and the habitats upon which they depend. To ensure that actions are undertaken in a coordinated and timely manner, an internationally acceptable framework is essential.

At an international workshop on the "Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds And Their Wetland Habitats in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway", organized by the Environment Agency of Japan (JEA) and the Australian Nature Conservation Agency (ANCA) in Kushiro, Japan, from 28 November to 2 December 1994, it was recognized that an international migratory waterbird conservation strategy was needed for the region. The workshop called for a strategy that identifies the major issues, outlines the range of priorities for action, and sets out a time table for implementation and evaluation (Workshop Statement, Annex 1).

To initiate this process, a draft Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy (further referred to as the "Strategy") was produced by Wetlands International Asia Pacific (formerly Asian Wetland Bureau or AWB) and the International Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Bureau-Japan Committee (IWRB-J). The development of the Strategy has received strong support from the Environment Agency of Japan and the Australian Nature Conservation Agency.

The Strategy was presented for discussion and fine tuning at a number of international conservation fora, where it received strong endorsement. These fora included an inter-governmental migratory bird conservation workshop in June 1995 in Australia, the "Northeast Asia and North Pacific Environmental Forum" in September in Japan, and two workshops held during the "International Conference on Wetlands and Development" in October 1995 in Malaysia. The "Kuala Lumpur Statement on Wetlands and Development" approved by the conference in Malaysia recommended, "That international cooperation should be enhanced to assist the exchange of information and expertise to develop site networks, flyway management agreements and conservation strategies, such as the Asia-Pacific Waterbird Strategy, and to implement action plans to protect wetlands and their wildlife, especially waterbirds".

The Strategy aims to provide a framework for all appropriate and important waterbird conservation initiatives to be undertaken by agencies/organizations in the region over the next five years, and identifies those that should be developed further. The success of the Strategy will lie in its acceptance by these parties and the willingness of countries in the region to undertake activities together in a coordinated manner.

We invite active participation and welcome comments on the Strategy from government agencies, non-governmental organizations and concerned individuals to refine the priorities for action and explore mechanisms to fund and implement them. We also invite the participation and support of agencies that may not have been consulted in the production of this document.

Wetlands International - Asia Pacific
International Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Bureau-Japan Committee