From May 12-14, the Research Institute of Subtropical Forestry (RISF) of the Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF) and the Society of Entrepreneurs & Ecology (SEE) in Beijing co-hosted The First International Symposium on the Conservation of East Asian Population of the Dalmatian Pelican. The theme of the symposium was “connecting habitats along the Dalmatian Pelican’s flyway”. This was also the first general meeting of the EAAFP Pelican Task Force since its first meeting that was held in Khovd, Mongolia in July 2019. Due to the impact of the coronavirus epidemic, the seminar adopted a combination of online and offline formats. A total of 85 representatives related to the conservation of Dalmatian Pelican participated, including 55 domestic experts attending the meeting on site and 30 foreign experts participating online. Participants included scientific researchers, nature reserve managers, domestic and international ecological, environmental and birdwatching organizations, and other conservationists.
The opening ceremony was presided over by WU Tonggui, Director/Researcher of Research Institute of Subtropical Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry. WANG Yangdong, Secretary of the Party Committee of the RISF, introduced the general situation of RISF and its research and conservation work in birds, and raised high expectations for the seminar. Doug WATKINS, Chief Executive of the EAAFP, ZHANG Li, Secretary General of Beijing Entrepreneur SEE, and DING Le Ping, Deputy Secretary General of the SEE Jiangnan Project Center, delivered speeches respectively.
Dr. Giorgos CATSADORAKIS, Chair of the IUCN Pelican Specialist Group, shared the status of the world population trends and conservation success stories for Dalmatian Pelicans in southern Europe; Dr. Nyambayar BATBAYAR, Chair of the EAAFP Dalmatian Pelican Task Force, has compiled the population status, bird banding study and migration of the breeding population of Dalmatian Pelican in Mongolia; Simba Chan from the Wild Bird Society of Japan introduced the population and distribution of Dalmatian Pelicans in Southeast Asia and other places; Dr. JIAO Shengwu, Coordinator of EAAFP DP TF, presented the current status of the migrating and wintering populations, distribution and threats of the pelican in China; Mr. JIANG Zeyin, Senior Project Manager of Beijing SEE, introduced the development of the SEE’s Let Birds Fly programme; Dr. JIA Yifei representing Science Unit of EAAFP presented the status and establishment of the EAAFP and the Dalmatian Pelican Task Force.
In view of the lack of research and little conservation attention, in order to better carry out research and conservation of the Dalmatian Pelican, the seminar also invited Dr. FAN Zhongyong from Zhejiang Museum of Natural History to share their work conducted on the Chinese Crested Tern, Dr. JIA Yifei from CEAAF of Beijing Forestry University to introduce the coastal wetlands and conservation of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper in China, Ms. LIU Jieyun from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) presented WWF’s bird conservation projects about bird conservation on the flyway, and Ms. FANG Lu from Qingdao Marine Ecology Research Association introduced the problems of China’s offshore fisheries issues and their impact on the survival of the Dalmatian Pelican. Afterwards, bird researchers and conservationists from Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, Xiamen, Fujian Province, Cangzhou, Hebei Province and Xi’an, Shaanxi Province shared their views on the situation of the Dalmatian Pelican in each location. Participants discussed the status of the Dalmatian Pelican Conservation Network in China, and concluded with a conservation initiative for the Dalmatian Pelican.
In recent years, the Zhejiang Provincial Forestry Bureau has been actively supporting the RISF to carry out work on migration and protection and propaganda of Dalmatian Pelican. The 14th Five-Year Plan for the Rescue and Protection of Rare and Endangered Wildlife and Plants in Zhejiang Province also includes the Dalmatian Pelican in its list. The bureau will continue to carry out investigation, monitoring and protection of the Dalmatian Pelican. In this meeting, the SEE Jiangnan Project Center intended to make the Dalmatian Pelican the second targeted waterbird species of protection in Zhejiang Province after the Chinese Crested Tern. The RISF will also continue to promote the work of the “Chinese Dalmatian Pelican Conservation Network” to attract more organizations and individuals to contribute to the EAAFP Dalmatian Pelican Working Group.
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