Caring for Coasts : A new Initiative for Coastal Wetland Restoration was adopted by CBD Parties at COP 12 in Republic of Korea on 14th October 2014. EAAFP, together with its Partners – Ramsar Convention Secretariat, CBD Secretariat, Government of Japan and Birdlife International, highlighted this initiative at a side-event at CBD COP 12 and have subsequently been involved in discussions with the CBD Secretariat and other countries to support Caring for Coasts.
There is a critical need for coastal wetland conservation and restoration along the EAAF. Caring for Coasts invites CBD Parties and other interested Partners to take up this initiative and identify and prepare a Program of Work to meet the Caring for Coast objectives. Countries could choose to become regional or global champions of the initiative. The linkages between coastal restoration and disaster risk reduction can also be highlighted for the benefit of habitat conservation not only for biodiversity but also people dependent upon them.