Judit Szabo, Science Officer of the EAAFP Secretariat participated in the Migratory Shorebird Conservation Planning Summit and formal launch of the Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds organized by BirdLife Australia on 7 April 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. Besides several partners and colleagues from Yellow Sea Task Force, Monitoring Task Force, Australian and New Zealand Governments, BirdLife Australia and Australasian Wader Study Group (AWSG), the Federal Minister for the Environment the Hon Greg Hunt MP also attended this meeting.
The conservation of migratory shorebirds of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway is a high priority for BirdLife Australia, and indeed the BirdLife International Partnership. BirdLife Australia appreciates the recent investment the Australian Government has made in reviewing and drafting a new Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds, which came into effect in January this year. The new Plan provides a national framework identifying research and management actions to protect migratory shorebirds. BirdLife Australia is supportive of the actions outlined in the Plan and see strong synergies with our interests in the Flyway.
The summit and formal launch of the Plan is intended to leverage the planning work done to date and explore opportunities for collaborating in its delivery.
For viewers in Australia: http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/661488195928