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Publications archive - Biodiversity


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Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time.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.

Australia's national report for the tenth JAMBA and fourth CAMBA consultative meetings, 1999

Nanchang Peoples Republic of China, 21-25 November 1999
Environment Australia, 1999

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About the report

This report provides an overview of significant management and research actions at a national and international level undertaken during the period 1997 to 1999 by the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments in relation to implementation of Australia’s obligations under the agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of Japan for the protection of migratory birds and birds in danger of extinction and their environment and the agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the People’s Republic of China for the protection of migratory birds and their environment.

At least 36 species of migratory shorebirds are regular visitors to Australia. A further 16 species are occasionally recorded. In addition there are 15 species of shorebirds which are resident in Australia. It is estimated that at least 2 million migratory shorebirds visit Australia annually while there are at least 1.1 million shorebirds resident in Australia.

Almost all of Australia’s migratory species breed in northern Asia during the May-July period. Two notable exceptions are the Australian Pratincole, which breeds in Australia and migrates to South-east Asia, and the Double-banded Plover, which breeds in New Zealand and migrates to Australia during February-June.