Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy: 2001-2005

Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Committee
Wetlands International - Asia Pacific, 2001
ISBN 983 9663 30 5


Preface Waterbirds represent an important component of our natural wetland ecosystems. There is growing concern of the need to conserve waterbirds and wetlands and recognition that birds can serve as indicators of the health of our surroundings. Conservation efforts for migratory waterbirds can serve as an important mechanism to promote the conservation of our wetlands and other habitats.

To promote the conservation of migratory waterbirds at a regional level, the Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy: 1996-2000 was developed as a cooperative initiative involving governments, NGOs, conventions, and local people. In 1995, the Council of Wetlands International - Asia Pacific established the Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Committee (MWCC), three Technical Working Groups to coordinate development, promotion and implementation of the Strategy: 1996-2000, and to establish three international site networks and undertake a whole range of conservation activities. The MWCC and Working Groups constituted of representatives of government agencies, multilateral conservation conventions, a development assistance agency, international NGOs, technical working groups and Wetlands International Specialist Groups. To provide secretariat support to the MWCC and Working Groups and coordinate implementation of the Strategy and Action Plans, four staff have been engaged by Wetlands International: a Strategy Coordination Officer (Taej Mundkur), an Anatidae Flyway Officer (Yoshihiko Miyabayashi), a Crane Flyway Officer (Simba Chan) and a Shorebird Flyway Officer (Doug Watkins). The coordination work has greatly benefited from the collective wisdom, expertise and influence of all the members who are closely involved with the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats.

Over the last five years, the Strategy: 1996-2000 has been recognised as an important framework for cooperative action and it has proven to be an excellent tool to promote the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats. The activities implemented under the Strategy have been reported at several international and national meetings and in various publications. In 1999, David Stroud of the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee undertook an independent review of the implementation of the Strategy and provided useful suggestions for its future development.

Based on the success of the Strategy: 1996-2000, an updated Strategy and Action Plans have been developed. The Strategy: 2001-2005 provides the overall international framework and identifies priorities for the conservation of all migratory waterbirds and their habitats in the Asia-Pacific region. The Action Plans form an integral part of the Strategy, building on activities undertaken during 1996-2000, and outlining specific priority actions for the conservation of three species-groups (Anatidae, cranes and shorebirds) in the East Asian-Australasian region.

This Strategy (Section A) has been drafted by a working group composed of Alison Russell-French, Naoko Nakajima, Trixi Madon, Brendan Edgar and Taej Mundkur, with input from the other MWCC members and the flyway officers. The Anatidae Action Plan (Section B) has been drafted by Yoshihiko Miyabayashi and Masayuki Kurechi with input from the Anatidae Working Group. The Crane Action Plan (Section C) has been drafted by Simba Chan and Noritaka Ichida with input from the Crane Working Group. The Shorebird Action Plan (Section D) has been drafted by Doug Watkins and Mark Barter (past Chair) with input from the Shorebird Working Group. To ensure that these plans reflect the regional priorities and needs of all participating groups, the documents were refined through an extensive review and consultation involving government agencies, technical experts, NGOs, convention staff and other interested persons. The documents were finalised thorough intensive discussion at an international workshop organised in Okinawa, Japan, in October 2000. The 141 participants of the workshop endorsed the Strategy and Action Plans and the role of the MWCC in co-ordinating its further development and implementation (see Okinawa Statement, page viii). This publication is the culmination of efforts of many people and we acknowledge their support.

Meetings of the Contracting Parties of both the conventions on Wetlands and Migratory Species have passed various resolutions and recommendations that call on Contracting Parties to support implementation of the Strategy. In implementing the Strategy: 2001-2005 Contracting Parties will be meeting their obligations.

The successful conservation of migratory waterbirds will depend on increased awareness, active cooperation and committed participation at local, national and international levels. The Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Committee welcomes your active participation in this unique initiative. We invite government agencies, multilateral conventions, regional agreements, international and bilateral development, donor and assistance agencies, the corporate sector, local, national and international NGOs to endorse this Strategy and to promote, support and implement actions.

To provide access to a wider audience, the Strategy: 2001-2005 will be made available online on The three species-group Action Plans may also be published as separately. For more information, please contact Wetlands International and the Flyway Officers (see Annex 6 for contact details).

Interim Chair - Alison Russell-French (Chair, Wetlands International - Asia Pacific Council)
Environment Australia - Trixi Madon
State Forestry Administration, China - Zhang Jianlong
Ministry of Environment and Forests, India - S. C. Sharma
Ministry of Forestry and Estate Crops, Indonesia - Widodo Ramono
Ministry of the Environment, Japan - Kojiro Mori
Ministry of Environment, Russian Federation - Valentin Ilyashenko
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USA - Brad Andres
Convention on Migratory Species - Douglas Hykle
Convention on Wetlands - Najam Khurshid
United Nations Development Programme/Global Environment Facility - Tim Clairs
Chair, Anatidae Working Group - Masayuki Kurechi
Chair, Crane Working Group and BirdLife International Representative - Noritaka Ichida
Chair, Shorebird Working Group - Lew Young
World Wide Fund for Nature - Sadayosi Tobai
Wetlands International Specialist Group - Max Finlayson

Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Committee (MWCC)
Wetlands International - Asia Pacific

March 2001