East Asian - Australasian Flyway Site Network

Over the past decade three networks (Anatidae , Cranes  and Shorebirds) of internationally important sites for migratory waterbird conservation have been established in the East Asian – Australasian region. With increasing pressures from population growth and economic development, these networks are invaluable to the conservation of migratory waterbirds by providing a chain of sustainably managed habitat along the length of the Flyway.

One of the key changes under the Flyway Partnership is the amalgamation of the three networks into a single East Asian - Australasian Flyway Site Network.  It is anticipated that this broader ‘flyway approach’ will enhance the conservation status of migratory waterbirds by facilitating increased international cooperation and a greater focus on sustainable development.

Participating countries have been invited to transfer their existing Shorebird, Crane and Anatidae network sites, which currently total 95 sites across 14 of the 22 flyway countries, into the Flyway Site Network.

With hundreds of internationally important migratory waterbird sites recognised throughout the East Asian – Australasian region, the participation of as many countries and sites as possible in the Flyway is crucial to the success of the Partnership and the conservation of waterbirds.  The further development of the Flyway Site Network, building on the achievements of the preceding Asia Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy, is a key objective of the Partnership, and new sites are encouraged to join the Flyway Site Network. 

Nomination Process for New Flyway Network Sites
Step 1: Partners promote awareness of internationally important sites and the Flyway Site Network.
Step 2: The site manager/management agency contacts the Secretariat to obtain nomination information and contacts of waterbird experts that are available to assist with waterbird aspects.
The Site Information Sheet (template currently in preparation) is prepared to document how the site meets the criteria of international importance.
Step 3: The site manager/management agency seeks endorsement for the nomination by the appropriate national government agency.
Step 4: The national government agency forwards to the Secretariat:
  • Nomination letter from the site manager/management agency
  • Site Information Sheet
  • Letter of Endorsement from national government agency.
Step 5: The Secretariat obtains a technical review on the site nomination and requests additional information if required, then forwards the recommendations on to the Chair of the Flyway Partnership.
Step 6: The Flyway Partnership Chair:
  • Notes the site as part of the Network
  • Signs the Site Certificate
  • Sends a congratulatory letter and Certificate to the Site Manager and a copy to the agency that provided the national endorsement.
Step 7: The Flyway Partnership Secretariat sends an email to Flyway Partners informing them of the new Flyway Network Sites and posts the Site Information Sheets on the Flyway Partnership website.
Step 8: The site manager / management agency conducts a Dedication Ceremony at the new Network Site.

A number of documents are in preparation and will be available on the Flyway Partnership website in the coming months, including:

  • Site Information Sheet template
  • Statement of expectations and benefits of participating in the Flyway Site Network
  • A list of Flyway species and population estimates

For further information, please contact the Interim Secretariat to the Flyway Partnership:

Vicki Cronan
Marine Division
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601

Email: vicki.cronan@environment.gov.au