The Partnership

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The Partnership, adopted in the list of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) as a Type II initiative – an informal and voluntary initiative, was launched on 6 November 2006, and aims to protect migratory waterbirds, their habitat and the livelihoods of people dependent upon them.

Partners include governments, inter-governmental agencies international non-government organisations and international business sector.


Migratory waterbirds and their habitats in the East Asian – Australasian Flyway are recognised and conserved for the benefit of people and biodiversity.


The Partnership provides a flyway wide framework to promote dialogue, cooperation and collaboration between a range of stakeholders to conserve migratory waterbirds and their habitats.

Stakeholders include all levels of governments, site managers, multilateral environment agreements, technical institutions, UN agencies, development agencies, industrial and private sector, academe, non-government organisations, community groups and local people.

Organisation Structure


  • Provide a platform for international cooperation for the conservation of migratory waterbirds and the sustainable use of their wetland habitats.
  • Support the development of a Flyway Site Network, to ensure a chain of internationally important wetland sites are recognized and sustainably managed into the future.
  • Support a range of activities to increase knowledge and raise awareness of migratory waterbirds, while building capacity for the sustainable management and conservation of migratory waterbird habitats along the flyway.
  • Partners – meet regularly to report against an Implementation Strategy, respond to emerging issues and priorities and discuss future collaboration.
  • Working Groups exist for Shorebirds, Anatidae, Cranes, Seabirds, Avian Influenza, Black-faced Spoonbill and CEPA. These groups liaise out of session and report against their Terms of Reference at partnership meetings. View contact details of the Working Groups.
  • Task Forces exist for Monitoring of waterbird populations and sites, Coordination of colour marking, Yellow Sea Ecoregion, Amur-Heilong Basin, Review of Network site criteria and population estimates, Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Scaly-sided Merganser. These task forces liaise out of session and report against their Terms of Reference at partnership meetings. View contact details of the Task Forces.
  • The Chair rotates among partners biennially. China is the current Chair and USA is the current Vice-Chair.
  • The Secretariat is located in Republic of Korea. View contact details of the Secretariat.
How to join:

The partnership is open to new partners. Governments, international NGOs, inter-governmental agencies and international business sectors interested in joining should contact the Secretariat.