EAAFP Science Unit set up in Beijing

The Science Unit of EAAFP was formally established in Beijing to underpin the scientific work of the EAAFP, after the adoption of Decision Document 5 on 14th December 2018 during the 10th Meeting of Partners (MoP 10) and the MoU signing between Beijing Forestry University and EAAFP.

The signing of MoU to establish EAAFP Science Unit during the 10th Meeting of Partners in Hainan on 14th December, 2018

The Science Unit based in Beijing Forestry University is a part of the EAAFP Secretariat. It is structured under five functions: 1) information platform database building and maintenance; 2) Flyway Site Network supporting; 3) support to monitoring programmes; 4) undertaking and scientific and technical reviews, and 5) support to communication related to science. The two sides are now working together through Skype meeting and regular visits between Incheon and Beijing. The Science Unit is coordinated by Dr. Zeng Qing, and advised by Prof. Lei Guangchun and Dr. Lu Cai, Director and Deputy Director of Center for East Asian-Australasian Flyway Studies (CEEAF). All the staff members of the Science Unit have backgrounds in ecology, biology or related areas, jointly sharing duties and responsibilities.

Contact info: https://www.eaaflyway.net/secretariat/

Background

At the 9th Meeting of Partners (MoP9) to the EAAFP in January 2017, it was informed to Partners that the Science Officer position in the EAAFP Secretariat was discontinued in June 2016 due to the lack of funding. As a result, the National Forestry and Grassland Administration, People’s Republic of China and the CEEAF at Beijing Forestry University proposed establishing a Science Unit for the Secretariat to be complementary in function to the previous Science Officer to support the scientific and technical needs of the Partnership. The CEAAF developed a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Terms of Reference (ToR) and workplan for the Science Unit, which were circulated to Partners and revised according to the new EAAFP Strategic Plan 2019-2028 based on the feedback. These documents were finally adopted in EAAFP Mop 10 and the establishment of the EAAFP Science Unit was formalized.

A visit of the EAAFP Secretariat to the full team of Science Unit in Beijing

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