Farewell to Songdo
It was a cold February evening in 2012 when I first arrived in Incheon and took the bus over the impressive suspension bridge and into Songdo, in preparation for an interview for the Chief Executive position at EAAFP. That I have taken that bus many times since that first trip almost six years ago is testimony that I survived the grilling by the interviewers, Jim Harris, Doug Hykle and Mr. Kim of MOEK, all of whom I later got to know as strong and dedicated supporters of the Partnership.
I was lucky to inherit an organized office and wonderful Secretariat team that my predecessor, Roger Jaensch, had set up in Songdo. Since that time, EAAFP has grown from strength to strength. The number of Partners has increased from 27 to 35, national and regional partnerships have deepened, the Flyway Site Network has expanded (albeit slowly) and task forces and working groups have developed and expanded (some more than others). Read More
Who will rid me of this turbulent pest?
We spend a lot of time promoting the protection and management of sites and habitat for migratory waterbirds. The rationale for the EAAFP Flyway Site Network is based on protecting and managing sites that can secure the long-term migratory pathways for the different species and groups of migratory waterbirds. We worry about conversion of natural habitats, through reclamation or wetland drainage, for example. But a more insidious process, also human-induced for the most part, is the introduction and spread of alien invasive species that can completely alter the nature of habitats and sites. We are familiar with the case of smooth cordgrass Spartina that threatens large areas of coastal mudflats, including the Yellow Sea of China, and just recently, Korea, rendering these habitats unsuitable for most migratory species and completely altering the ecology of the region. The good news is that we know how to control invasive Spartina. The bad news is that it is expensive and time-consuming. As they say: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Read More
EAAFP at CMS COP12
The theme of 2017’s World Migratory Bird Day was “Their Future is Our Future”, highlighting the interconnectedness of nature, people and birds. It was a popular theme and was selected to link with the theme of the Twelfth Conference of Parties (COP) of the Convention on Migratory Species, an EAAFP Partner. The meeting, to be held in Manila, Philippines from 23 to 28 October 2017, will mark the first time that the COP will be held in Asia. Migratory species link people and places not just through their often spectacular journeys, but also as part of the fundamental fabric holding together the biological support systems upon which we all depend. The COP specifically links to attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by governments around the world two years ago. Read More
Miyoung is migrating, but not too far!
When Ms. Miyoung Choi joined the Secretariat from Incheon City government in November 2013, she knew only one seabird and no shorebirds at all. The seabird was a “seagull”, most likely the Black-tailed Gull that is commonly encountered around tourist sites in Incheon. Almost four years later Miyoung is proficient in identifying and counting shorebirds at high-tide roosts and active in the Black-faced Spoonbill network. And she can readily distinguish Black-tailed Gulls from the Saunders’s Gulls and Mongolian Gulls that breed around Incheon (although, like me, she still struggles with the plumage subtleties of the large white-headed gull complex!!). Read More
Some Key Species
For more information on these and other important waterbirds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway visit our Migratory Waterbirds pages to learn about the various amazing species moving across our flyway every year.