Reported by Spoon-billed Sandpiper Conservation Alliance Secretariat
On November 20, the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Conservation Alliance 2021 Annual Meeting was held in Zhanjiang, Guangdong, China. More than 50 people attended the meeting (unfortunately many members had to attend remotely due to COVID-19), including representatives of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Conservation Alliance (SBS Alliance) members, conservation activists, and journalists. Participants discussed future plans for migratory waterbirds conservation. The SBS Alliance meeting aimed to provide an open platform for local communities to participate in waterbirds monitoring and conservation.
Keynote presentations contained an introduction on achievements and future strategies of international collaboration of EAAF waterbird conservation. Additionally, a representative of Tiaozini Wetland gave a presentation on advancing experience of eradication of invasive Spartina alternifora and High-tide Roost management.
The conservation of threatened waterbirds, such as Spoon-billed Sandpiper, is constantly supported by various fellow organizations from SBS Alliance. An enthusiastic discussion on joint protection of the wintering grounds and potential habitats of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper went on during the meeting.
Conducting the long-term census to aggregate the information of waterbird population and habitats is one of the strategic measures of SBS Alliance in the next five years. To enhance the effectiveness of joint monitoring and surveys, “Spoon-billed Sandpiper & Shorebirds Census Training Workshop” was held after the meeting. Participants also shared waterbird survey methods and practical experiences in several key habitats of migratory waterbirds in China.
The 2021 meeting was the second annual meeting of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Conservation Alliance. We believe the unremitting efforts of Spoon-billed Sandpiper Conservation Alliance, both within and beyond the alliance, will make the conservation of migratory waterbirds on EAAF stronger and broader.