The Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI): Protecting Arctic lifestyles and peoples through migratory bird conservation is a project of EAAFP Partner Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) to improve the status and secure the long-term sustainability of declining Arctic breeding migratory birds.
Arctic-breeding birds use as many as eight different flyways to move from Arctic breeding grounds to overwintering or stopover sites at lower latitudes. Of all flyways, EAAF supports by far the highest number of declining, as well as globally threatened species.
At the inaugural meeting of AMBI in February 2014 in Montreal, six priority species for the EAAF were identified: Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Bar-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Great Knot, Red Knot, and Lesser White-fronted Goose. Intertidal areas that support critical populations of the priority species during their migratory journeys were selected as priority sites, even though the habitats are primarily outside of the Arctic. Reducing unsustainable harvest of these species was selected as priority action.
A Work Plan of AMBI for 2015-2019 was approved in April 2015. It identifies priority actions in all Flyways. For EAAF, three main actions are identified: securing important breeding and staging habitats in Arctic Russia and Alaska, securing intertidal and associated habitat for Arctic waders at key staging and wintering sites, and preventing illegal harvest and regulating unsustainable legal harvest of Arctic migratory birds.