• New EAAFP key species factsheet

    The EAAFP Secretariat has recently produced a set of factsheet for eight key species of East Asian – Australasian Flyway. It is one of the actions from the EAAFP…


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  • Research to conserve Baer’s Pochard in Pyu Lake and Paleik Inn, central Myanmar

    Data of population and distribution of Critically Endangered Baer’s Pochard was collected during various trips to Pyu Lake, Paleik Inn and Banaw freshwater lakes comprising four years of fieldwork…


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  • New protection for Baer’s Pochard in China

    ⓒ Luo Jianhong On 5th February 2021, the Chinese State Forestry and Grassland Administration announced a crucially important revision of the list of national wildlife under special protection. Approved by the State Council on 4th January 2021, this is the first revision since the original list was published in 1988. It provides very welcome additional protection for a number of threatened waterbirds, including, for the first time, Baer’s Pochard, which is now afforded the highest level of protection (Class I). Previously this species was not included on either the Class I or Class II lists due to its relatively secure conservation status in the 1980s. Whilst most wild birds in China are protected, Class I protection provides stricter levels of punishment, including significant fines and the potential for custodial sentences, for anyone harming these priority species or, crucially, their habitats. For Baer’s Pochard this is significant, as wetland loss and degradation is a major driver of the decline and remains an important issue going forwards as we work to recover its population. An important part of this recovery work is undoubtedly the protection and sensitive management of all sites supporting Baer’s Pochard, whether during the breeding, non-breeding or migration periods. This ecologically sensitive management (the wise use principle enshrined in the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands) also needs to extend to other wetlands within the distribution of Baer’s Pochard with the potential to support the species and to sites where wetland restoration is underway, in order that the small and fragmented population we have today can flourish. This revision of the wildlife under special protection therefore provides a strong foundation for the wetland protection from which we can recover Baer’s Pochard and its wetland home for future generations. The Baer’s Pochard Task Force extends its warm thanks and appreciation to all who contributed to the completion of this important revision. Prepared by Baer’s Pochard Task Force on 10th February 2021


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  • Community Conservation Area proposed for conserving Baer’s Pochard in Myanmar

    The Baer’s Pochard (Aythya baeri) has a small population which is suspected to be undergoing a continuing and rapid decline as a result of illegal bird hunting and wetland…


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  • Community based conservation of Baer’s Pochard in Myanmar

    Baer’s Pochard © Solo Mdy  Baer’s Pochard (Aythya baeri) has declined drastically in recent decades. In the 1990s Thailand and Bangladesh…


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  • 2018: a successful year for Baer’s Pochard breeding in China

    The population of Baer’s Pochard has rapidly declined in the past 20 years and assessment as Critically Endangered by IUCN. There has been no confirmed breeding of this endangered…


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  • International workshop on the conservation of Baer’s Pochard 2018

    The East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership’s (EAAFP) Baer’s Pochard Task Force (BPTF), Beijing Forestry University, Hengshui Municipal Government, Hengshui Hu Nature Reserve…


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  • EAAFP at CMS COP12: Their Future is Our Future

    Clinton Poletti, Content Manager EAAFP staff pose in front of the CMS COP 12…


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  • Side Event on ‘International Single Species Action Plans for Baer’s Pochard and Far Eastern Curlew’ at COP12

    Connie Warren At the 12th Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS COP12) in Manila in October, the


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  • Protection of an important wetland

    20 June 2017 KfW Development Bank On the Chinese high plain around the megacities of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, the Hengshui…


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