Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Committee
Wetlands International - Asia Pacific, 2001
ISBN 983 9663 30 5
4. Organisational arrangements
The Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Committee (MWCC) was established in 1996 by the Council of Wetlands International - Asia Pacific to oversee the implementation and review of Strategy: 1996-2000. The MWCC comprises 16 members: seven government representatives (Department of the Environment and Heritage, Australia (Environment Australia); State Forestry Administration, People's Republic of China; Ministry of Environment and Forests, India; Ministry of Forestry and Forest Crops, Indonesia; Ministry of the Environment, Japan, Ministry of Natural Resources, Russian Federation, and Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S.A.), the Convention on Wetlands, the Convention on Migratory Species, a development assistance agency (United Nations Development Programme/Global Environment Facility), international NGOs (BirdLife International and World Wide Fund for Nature), chairs of three technical Working Groups (for Anatidae, cranes and shorebirds) and a Wetlands International Specialist Group Coordinator (Figure 2). The MWCC is supported by a Strategy Coordination Officer.
Organisational structure of the Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Committee (as at 1 January 2001)
The MWCC will maintain overall responsibility for coordinating, monitoring and reporting on implementation of the Strategy, fund raising, development of projects, and overseeing activities of the Strategy Coordination Officer. The terms of reference for the Committee are to:
- Promote and encourage support for implementation of the Strategy by governments and other relevant organisations in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Monitor implementation of the Strategy.
- Establish and provide guidance to Working Groups to oversee the implementation of species-group Action Plans and site networks.
- Provide advice to and monitor progress of Working Groups.
- Monitor and encourage partnerships and linkages between initiatives for conservation of migratory waterbirds and those for wetlands and other wetland species.
- Make recommendations for development of proposals for the conservation of waterbirds and their habitats.
- Provide advice to the Wetlands International - Asia Pacific Council and other agencies on priorities for funding and projects.
- Report on activities to the Wetlands International - Asia Pacific Council.
- Review the annual work programme of the Strategy Coordination Officer.
Contact details for the MWCC are provided in Annex 6.
Coordination of activities to implement the shorebird, crane and Anatidae Action Plans during 1996-2000 was achieved through three international Working Groups. The Working Groups established by the MWCC, comprise 6-9 members drawn from governments, technical institutes and NGOs. Each Working Group has an elected Chair and is supported by a Flyway Officer.
The Working Groups are responsible for developing, coordinating, monitoring and reporting on implementation of Action Plans, development of projects, supporting fund raising activities, and overseeing activities of the Flyway Officer. Contact details for the Working Groups are provided in Annex 6.
These Working Groups will continue their support role to the MWCC. Additional Working Groups may be established to address specific elements of the Strategy.
A coalition of non-government organisations will host the Strategy Coordination Officer and Flyway Officers:
- Strategy Coordination Officer is hosted by Wetlands International - Asia Pacific, provides secretariat support to the MWCC and Flyway Officers and coordinates the implementation of the Strategy.
- Crane Flyway Officer is hosted by the Wild Bird Society of Japan and implements the Crane Action Plan for the North East Asian Flyway.
- Anatidae Flyway Officer is hosted by the Japanese Association for Wild Geese Protection and implements the Anatidae Action Plan for the East Asian Flyway.
- Shorebird Flyway Officer is hosted by Wetlands International - Oceania and implements the Shorebird Action Plan for the East Asian-Australasian Flyway and conservation action for shorebirds in the West Pacific Flyway.
During 1996-2000, Environment Australia, Environment Agency of Japan and Wetlands International provided core funding to support the Strategy and Action Plan implementation activities, and the meetings of the MWCC and Working Groups. Funding was also provided for the development of the Strategy: 2001-2005. It is expected that these agencies will continue to work with governments and other agencies in the Asia-Pacific region to implement the Strategy: 2001-2005.
Implementation of the key elements outlined in the Strategy: 2001-2005 will require considerable financial resources. A number of agencies and organisations are already undertaking some of these activities with funds from a variety of sources. Other activities can be supported through the re-allocation of existing resources. Additional financial resources will be necessary to ensure timely and sustainable implementation of most of the Strategy.
Fund raising will be the responsibility of Wetlands International (including MWCC and the Working Groups) and the organisations that host Flyway Officers. Fund raising will be guided through the development of a detailed fund raising programme.
Reports on the implementation of the Strategy and evaluation of its outcomes will be prepared periodically. Information for the report will be collated by the MWCC by soliciting reports from the agencies and organisations involved in implementation. The report will be available for public information. Progress reports will be presented at appropriate international waterbird and wetland conservation conferences and other fora.
A mid term review will be conducted in 2003. During the final year, 2005, a comprehensive independent final review will be undertaken. The MWCC, Working Groups and major co-operating agencies will consider the outcomes of the review. Future conservation initiatives will be developed based on the evaluation of the success of the implementa-tion of the Strategy.