On 18th May, the first public lecture of the education program of 2022 <Bird Meets Arts> proceeded successfully. Launched in 2021, the <Bird Meets Arts> has been a cooperative project between the EAAFP Foundation and Yeonsu Foundation for Arts and Culture (YSFAC) which is located in the Incheon, Republic of Korea, the host city of EAAFP Secretariat. The project aims to promote the importance of conserving migratory waterbirds and their habitats, and raising awareness of the messages through cultural arts.
This year, the 2022 Bird Meets Arts project is composed of three parts: education, exhibition, and workshop sessions for the citizen-participation installation artworks on information and ecological works of biodiversity and migratory waterbirds.
With a series of education programs and an exhibition to come, the 2022 Bird Meets Arts will invite Mr. Yang Kura, who is a well known installation artist inspired by various environmental issues, especially marine waste. In the first lecture on 18th May, Yang Kura, and Vivian Fu, the Communication Officer of EAAFP Secretariat gave a talk to the citizens of Incheon.
Opening the event, Mr. Doug Watkins, the Chief Executive of the EAAFP Secretariat, congratulated the event with a welcome greeting. He said the collaboration with YSFAC, which began last year, has contributed to raising awareness for migratory waterbirds and their habitats in countries in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. In celebration of 2022 World Migratory Bird Day, he also recommended that the audiences take time to think about the long journey of migratory waterbirds.
Vivian introduced the Flyway Network Site Songdo Tidal Flat and Namdong Reservoir and common migratory waterbirds species of Incheon as well as of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, through games and interactive questions she emphasized the importance of collaboration with everyone to conserve migratory waterbirds and their habitats. She also introduced the 2022 World Migratory Bird Day theme – Light pollution, drawing enthusiastic responses from the audience. Mr. Yang Kura introduced his artworks made of marine waste and pointed out the seriousness of the floating marine waste along with the ocean current from country to country.
With a great start, the 2022 <Bird Meets Arts> project will continue engaging the local community in various events this year.
Watch 2021 Bird Meets Arts video full series (English subtitle)
- 1 Migratory Waterbirds in Yeonsu, Incheon, RO Korea
- 2 Wetland
- 3 History of Songdo Tidal Flat, Yeonsu
- 4 Illustration and CEPA
- 5 Youth
- 6 Music – Performance
About EAAFP Foundation
The EAAFP Foundation was established in 2019 to contribute to providing the Partnership with a mechanism to support sustainable financing and expand its engagement with various types of organizations for the conservation of migratory waterbirds and habitats in EAA Flyway. The Foundation office is based in Songdo, Incheon, Republic of Korea. For more information, visit https://foundation.eaaflyway.net/