Sister Sites

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The Flyway Site Network not only identifies and includes sites of international importance for migratory waterbirds to promote improved protection and management, but also aims to link those sites through sharing information and capacity building.

The EAAFP Sister Site Program brings together Flyway Network sites in different countries that share species to encourage increased awareness of their shared migratory waterbirds and link sites through collaborative activities to promote the conservation of these birds. It is designed to offer a better chance to be engaged with other sites in the Flyway Site Network to conduct collaborative research and monitoring on shared species and exchange information and experience, which is critical for site managers and decision makers to reinforce conservation action. Capacity building is an important element of sister site relationships and exchange visits can help site managers learn new and innovative approaches to different aspects of site management, from visitor centre development to participatory wetland management techniques.

The EAAFP encourages further cooperation between existing or potential Network sites. The present list may not include all the arrangements and diverse activities in place along the Flyway. Please contact Program Officer of the Secretariat if you would like to provide further information.

Table 1. Existing sister site arrangements and other collaborative activities involving Network sites in the East Asian – Australasian Flyway
Country City or Management Authority Site Name Site Name City or Management Authority Country
1 China, People’s Republic Dandong City Yalujiang National Nature Reserve Firth of Thames Pukorokoro Miranda Naturalist Trust New Zealand
2 Korea, Republic of Changwon City Junam Reservoir Kejo-numa Osaki City, Miyagi Prefecture Japan
3 China, People’s Republic Qiqihar City Zhalong National Nature Reserve Janghang Wetland Protected area Goyang City Korea, Republic of
4 Australia Brisbane City Moreton Bay, Boondall wetlands Yatsu-higata  Narashino City Chiba prefecture Japan
5 Australia Newcastle City Hunter River Estuary Wetlands  Kushiro Wetland

Kushiro City

Hokkaido

Japan
6 Korea, Republic of Suncheon City Suncheon Bay Arasaki

Izumi City

Kagoshima Prefecture

Japan
7 Japan Nagoya City Fujimae Tidal Flat Swan Bay Tidal Flats Greater Geelong City Australia
8 South Korea Seocheon County Yubudo Tidal Flat Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve National Parks Board of Singapore Singapore
1. Yalujiang National Nature Reserve & Firth of Thames

In 2004 Pukorokoro Miranda Naturalist Trust (PMNT) signed a memorandum of understanding which established a sister-site partnership with the Yalujiang National Nature Reserve (NNR). Since then, various programs including surveys, training of staff, speaking to local schools and public awareness have been conducted in Yalujiang NNR as a cooperative program to conserve species common to the two sites.

Major focus: Shorebird

Activities:

Fonterra and DOC Supporting International Effort to Protect Godwits and Red Knots (31 October 2015)

The Incredible Godwit Migration (25 June 2015)

Chinese Ambassador Farewells Godwits (24 March 2015)

Godwits — the Great Travellers (15 March 2015)

2. Junam Reservoir & Kejo-numa

Between Changwon city and Osaki city, a memorandum of understanding was signed to conserve wetlands and promote international cooperation in Osaki city in 2009. Both Kejo-numa and Junam Reservoir comprise a system of water storage wetland and rice paddy fields. A workshop to promote cooperation between Junam Reservoir and Kabukuri numa was held in November 2009 in Changwon.

Major focus: Anatidae (Greater White-fronted Goose, Thick-billed Bean Goose, Baikal Teal)

3. Zhalong National Nature Reserve & Janghang Wetland Protected area

Qiqihar city and Goyang city have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote international cooperation between Zhalong National Nature Reserve and Janghang Wetland Protected area with support from UNDP/GEF Korea Wetland Project.

Major focus: Crane (White-naped Crane)

4. Moreton Bay, Boondall wetlands & Yatsu-higata

Narashino City and the Brisbane City Council have agreed on the First Five-year plan (1998 – 2003) and also the Second Five-Year Plan (2004 – 2009) for the Wetlands Affiliation Agreement. These plans support conservation initiatives along the East Asian – Australasian Flyway, exchange of information in relation to wetland conservation and the protection of migratory shorebirds in both cities, and training persons involved in wetland conservation.

In addition, the Memorandum of Understanding on Education Cooperation (2003 – 2006) was agreed, to exchange information, conduct training, increase awareness in education and encourage visitors to their local communities following the successful 2002 trial exchange (Oct. 22, 2003).

Major focus: Shorebird

Activities:

A kamishibai storytelling play ‘Tales from the Flyway’   (5 July 2015)

Another post from Yastsu Tidal Flats and its Sister Site Moreton Bay   (22 June 2015)

The Narashino Wetlands Affiliation Agreement   (22 January 2012)

5. Kushiro area & Hunter River Estuary Wetlands

Wetlands in the Kushiro area (Kushiro-shitsugen, Akkeshi-ko and Bekanbeushi-shitsugen, and Kiritappu-shitsugen) formed a sister-wetland affiliation with Kooragang Wetland and the surrounding wetlands in the Hunter region, New South Wales, South-eastern Australia, in November 1994. (Since the 2004 renewal of sister wetland affiliation agreements, its name was changed to the Hunter River Estuary Wetlands.) The sister-wetland affiliation aims to promote conservation and wise use of wetlands and exchange techniques and knowledge of wetland conservation.

Major focus: Shorebird (Latham’s Snipe)

Activities:

Hunter Estuary Ramsar Site [EAAF020] Focuses on Japanese Delegation Visit (25 November 2016)

Sister Wetland Exchange with Hunter Estuary Wetlands (Australia)

6. Suncheon Bay – Izumi crane migration grounds*

In 2009, Suncheon City, Korea, and Izumi City, Japan, agreed to cooperate for conserving Hooded Cranes and management of their habitats. Suncheon and Izumi will exchange information regarding the internationally important sites for Cranes and promote activities through international networks and improve environmental policies. In addition, the cities will collaborate for developing eco-tourism and international events based on the agreement.

Major focus: Hooded Crane

Activities:

A Remarkable Achievement for Wetland Conservation in South Korea (24 October 2007)

7. Fujimae Tidal Flat – Swan Bay Tidal Flats

On May 22, 2007, a wetland affiliation was signed between Nagoya City, Japan, and Geelong City, Australia. Nagoya manages the Fujimae Tidal Flat and Geelong manages the Swan Bay Tidal Flats.

The website with live webcams on both sites is one of a number of actions to come from a joint wetlands agreement between the City of Nagoya and the City of Greater Geelong. A web camera in each location will relay live coverage of the wetlands allowing people to watch in real time the summer and winter habitats of birds that migrate between Geelong and Nagoya. The wetlands website can be accessed at www.geelongaustralia.com.au/wetlands

Major focus: Shorebird

Activities:

Japanese Students visit Swan Bay to share knowledge of tidal flats   (29 March 2016)

8. Yubudo Tidal Flat –Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

On 20th September 2012, Seocheon County, South Korea and the National Parks Board of Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding between Yubudo Tidal Flat and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Both are Network sites of EAAFP. The authorities agree to collaborate in joint research on migratory shorebirds and sharing knowledge and expertise on the wetland habitat conservation and management. This will promote better understanding of habitat management for the shared species as sister sites under the East Asian – Australasian Flyway.

Major focus: Shorebird

Activities:

Delegates from the Seocheon Country visited their Sister Site in Singapore   (August 2016)

Singapore students visited Seocheon, Republic of Korea, as part of Flyway Sister Sites and Sister Wetland Affiliations Programme (May 2014)

Seocheon County Committed To Conservation and Management of Migratory Waterbird Habitats (Nov 2012)

South Korea and Singapore Become Sister Sites under EAAFP (Sept 2012)