• EAAFP Small Grants Fund for Working Groups & Task Forces – Call for proposals

    Call for proposal was on 3 January. Applications close at 5pm (Seoul Time) on 3 February annually.  A follow-up application process may be available 6 months later should funds…


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  • Birds of King Island invite you to come visit – and give us a hand…

    The 2019 Autumn Wings on King surveys will be happening again on the weekend 25th-28th April, 2019.  This weekend leads directly on from Easter and includes Anzac Day, so…


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  • Incheon-Gyeonggi Task Force Annual Workshop

    On 10th January 2019, the Incheon-Gyeonggi Task Force of EAAFP organized its annual workshop in G-Tower boardroom, Songdo. A total of 58 participants including government representatives, local experts, NGOs…


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  • Farewell to Programme Assistant Hyeon Hee

    Written by Hyeon Hee Do It was a great honor for me to work at the EAAFP Secretariat for the last six months. During the internship period, I got lots of valuable lessons from outstanding staff in the Secretariat and especially from my supervisor like professional communication skill. Among them, the most valuable learnings are: 1) the importance of conservation, 2) the importance of cooperation with stakeholders in organizing a meeting, and 3) various computer and IT skills that I never used before. Went to Seosan for bird-banding (c)Minshil Lee/ EAAFP Secretariat Before joining the Secretariat, I was not that into environmental issues; I hadn’t really thought about migratory birds (waterbirds) and environment conservation. That is the reason why I hesitated to apply for this organization in the beginning. At this moment, at the end of internship, however, I think I made a good choice. I learned a lot of bird species and environmental knowledge while working at the Secretariat. Fortunately, there were chances to go birdwatching during my internship. I had never seen birds up close before. It is a little embarrassing to say, but I thought why people are going for birdwatching instead of travel when I had no experience of it. However, upon closer look with a scope, the birds were more adorable than I expected. Then, I realized why there are so many bird watchers out there. Not only that, I participated in lots of meetings/workshops on conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats and those related. I learned a lot from experts from various countries discussing for improving and arguing for conservation works there. The world is not only for human beings. All life should co-exist, in that regards, it is crucial for human to work for environment conservation. I would like more people to know about the beauty of the bird world. With the Chief Executive at the closing ceremony of 10th Meeting of Partners ©You Jin Lee/EAAFP Secretariat The EAAFP Secretariat is having lots of meetings in the various levels of scale in Korea and even abroad for conservation itself in the East – Asian Australasian Flyway (EAAF) and provide strategic plan to improve the work. Many of them are organized or co-organized by the Secretariat. The most unforgettable meeting during the internship was the tenth Meeting of Partners (MoP10) held in Hainan, China in December 2018. The MoP is the biggest meeting organized biennially by the Partnership. All staff members were busy and in burden for preparing this important meeting for several months. However, no one complained about the burdens and helped each other find away whenever colleagues faced difficulties in their works. Even during the event, one week long and quite busy going, pushed and pulled each other with smile on their faces. The Secretariat is composed of only 11 people, it would definitely be demanding to handle the meeting gathering about 200 people from 18 countries. But with the perfect teamwork, we could make a success in organizing this meeting without a big mistake. Through participating in hosting this meeting, I learned the importance of cooperation once again. Last but not the least, as working as a member of the Secretariat, I had opportunities to learn how to deal with computer programs I had never used: WordPress, Adobe Illustrator, C-Panel, and various social media channels. Even though I was a Programme Assistant in the Secretariat, I had to handle IT-related tasks as well because there was no IT intern during my internship period. WordPress is the main task that I had to deal with instead of IT intern. It is software for managing the EAAFP website. Even though it is the easiest software compared to others, it was challenging for me to work with. Every time I faced difficulties I googled how to fix the problem. With many trials and errors, now I can solve the problems within the software by myself. Furthermore, I can quickly complete the assigned tasks related to this. If there were an IT intern, I would have not experienced in using the computer related works. The major point at the workplace is to make the best use of my ability, but still learning a new skill is also important for the future contribution. So I am so thankful for having been able to take this opportunity. With Minshil and Maximilian at DMZ International Forum ©Yoon Lee/EAAFP Secretariat It is hard for me to describe all the lessons I learned from each Secretariat member I worked with, but still, all were priceless and helpful for me. And I can truly say that it is an unforgettable experience for me to work with outstanding staff. Eleanor Roosevelt said that “the purpose of life is to live, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for a newer and richer experience.” Even though I am leaving the Secretariat for other journeys, I would like to work with the Secretariat later. Moreover, I will continuously work hard for people’s awareness of the works EAAFP does and practice conservation works that I can do in my daily life.


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  • Joint step taken by both Bengals on shorebird conservation and research

    A newly formed non-profit organization named Birdwatchers Society of West Bengal organized a workshop on coastal waterbird survey and mapping methods that was held on 5 and 6 January…


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  • New EAAFP Flyway Network Sites in Myanmar

    Union of Myanmar became as member of EAAFP since 27th July 2014. After that, Moeyungyi Wildlife Sanctuary, Indawgyi Wildlife Sanctuary and Gulf of Mottama were designated as Flyway Network…


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  • Transnational Birds for Global Education, Tourism and Diplomacy

    Written by Peter M J Fisher (Adj. Professor, School of Architecture & Built Environment, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia) …


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  • Join the Wetlands Trash Hunters

    Plastic pollution is a huge environmental and health problem. A lot of attention has focused on plastic pollution in our seas and along our coasts, but much less has…


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  • Flyway Site Network of East Asian-Australasian Flyway promote collaborative effort to safeguard migratory waterbirds

    At the 10th Meeting of the Partners to the East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP MoP10) in Hainan, China, a total of eight new Flyway Network Sites was…


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  • Promoting regional cooperation to conserve short-distance migratory waterbirds in Southeast Asia

    At the 10th Meeting of the Partners to the East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP MoP10) in Hainan, China, thirty-seven Partners of the EAAFP agreed to collaborate and…


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