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Conference
Management of flyways of Asia

One of the significant challenges of climate change is the threat of a dramatic loss of biodiversity. Though we are only beginning to understand the underlying complexities, the possibility of a new wave of mass extinctions is given. Therefore, preserving biodiversity becomes an integral part of mitigating climate change - especially the conservation of migratory birds and their habitat is a very important bio-indicator for a healthy environment.

As a background, the flyway conference took place with experts from Central Asia Flyway and East Asian-Australasian Flyway on 23 November. It could make a difference in fostering networks among flyways and across flyways and establishing Hanns Seidel Foundation as part of a larger network of institutions working on biodiversity and climate issues.

 

The Conference started on 23rd of November with overall three sessions which was moderated by Dr. Choi Hyunah from Hanns Seidel Foundation, Ms. Do Hyseon EAAFP Secretariat, and Dr. Taej Mundkur Wetlands International. Participants presented the main conservation of birds in the region of each participant’s land. Among different countries were contributors from Kazakhstan, India, Mongolia, Vietnam, South Korea, Hong Kong, Uzbekistan.  

Presenters have stressed the importance of conservation and cooperation, but also revealed suggestions for cooperation, flyway management and migratory birds conservation.

Mr. Yat Tung Yu, who started to be interested in birds in his childhood in Hong Kong, provided the presentation about the International-black face spoonbill Census and the role of the EAAFP seabirds working group. Mr. Yat-Tung Yu expressed the pleasure and honour to present his research about endangered bird species, namely International-black Spoonbill Census.

 

“We need to know where and how the birds live. Including the production of the survey, we also need to be sure and to see which the best habitat for birds is. We need to widen the general knowledge about birds and promote the preservation of spoonbill birds. But there is also a good sign, since the experience of Yat Tung Yu that the interest of people expanding and growing more and more these days.” - Yat Tung Yu mentioned the importance of gaining and discussing topics with people from all levels and knowledge and trying to contribute.

The result of research in 2022 is 6,162 wintering Black-faced Spoonbill, a new record high figure. “We made already a big success, but we need to do more: media coverage and publishing the annual report and data to all the people”- said Yat Tung Yu.

Dr. Taej Mundkur has reached out to all participants with the highlight of what we need to do. Especially the scientific approach, which empowers networking to protect the area and develop different programs with the mainstream and integrate priorities, enhance research, eliminate harvest hunting, monitor waterbirds, providing monitoring from both threatened and non-threatened species.

Opportunities to further discussions over the next year include a meeting of CAF range states proposed for March 2023 and hosted by the Government of India, at which a presentation on EAAF could be held. In addition, organising a side events/meeting on CAF and interflyway cooperation at the Meeting of Partners of EAAFP in Australia in March 2023 with CAF states that are EAAFP Partners (India, Bangladesh, China, Myanmar and Mongolia) and other interested partners.