• World Environment Day 2021 call for actions to restore our degraded ecosystems

    World Environment Day is celebrated on 5th June every year since 1974. Convened by UN Environment Programme, it is one of the most renowned events to engage governments, businesses and citizens for environmental actions to address worldwide environmental issues, such as climate change, biodiversity loss. In 2021, the theme is “Ecosystem restoration”. Habitat loss and degradation are depleting natural resources and their associated ecosystem services. Over the last century, more than half of the wetlands in the world have been destroyed. For wetlands in the East Asian–Australasian Flyway, they are not only supporting millions of migratory waterbirds which breed, rest, and feed in their annual journey, but also provide food and natural resources to other wildlife and people, protecting the shorelines, reducing disaster risks, purifying water, and carbon sequestration. In a recent study, the monetary value of both inland and coastal wetlands is more than 2 times the value for all forests1. Despite the huge values wetlands provide, they are the most vulnerable ecosystems in the world. “The value of the ecosystem services of wetlands and its importance to humans and biodiversity need to be recognized by decision-makers, government officers and the general public. We have to work together between sectors, disciplines and countries, and act quickly! We have lost too many of our wetlands and need to now work on their restoration. On the World Environment Day, I echo the call from the United Nations for the Partners of EAAFP to take action to restore our lost natural habitats and conserve the existing ones” said Mr. Doug Watkins, Chief Executive of EAAFP Secretariat. On 4th June 2021, 1600 EAT, the United Nations is holding a Virtual Launch Gala of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Watch the virtual event of the launch here: EAAFP Secretariat also set up an interactive quiz game about the ecosystems around us. Join the quest [here] or click the image.  For more information about World Environment Day 2021, visit [here]. Reference [1]: Davidson NC, van Dam AA, Finlayson CM, McInnes RJ (2019a) The worth of wetlands: revised global monetary values of coastal and inland wetland ecosystem services. Marine and Freshwater Research. https://doi.org/10.1071/MF18391


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  • Promoting the wise use of artificial wetland – fishponds in Hong Kong

    Conserving the natural habitats is the priority for conservation in the field, but at sites where habitats had been modified and degraded, we should promote the restoration and wise…


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  • Declaration of the 2020 Flyway Youth Forum

    Preamble Wetlands are one of the most productive ecosystems on the planet, home to a great diversity of migratory waterbirds and providing countless ecosystem services to people and…


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  • Youth declared for global stand to conservation of wetland and migratory waterbirds during the Flyway Youth Forum

    The first-ever virtual Flyway Youth Forum, organized by The East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) and


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  • Connecting the Flyway Youth Leaders for Tomorrow

    The first Flyway Youth Forum Pre-event press release The first-ever Flyway Youth Forum, organized…


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  • China Coastal Waterbird Census Report 2012-2019 has been published!

    Sponsored by the Swire Charitable Trust, the latest China Coastal Waterbird Census Report had been published in September 2020 by the Hong…


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  • Competition for primary students raises awareness of shorebirds in Australia

    Hundreds of primary children across Australia recently participated in the third annual Shorebirds Competition run by Australian Government research organisation, ANSTO. Offered nationally for the first time this year,…


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  • The Flyway’s CEPA Strategy and Action Plan

    CEPA Working Group Students giving a presentation © Eugene Cheah/EAAFP Some of you who have worked closely over many years with the flyway will know that a first CEPA Strategy was adopted in 2012. During 2017 this was replaced with a CEPA Strategy and Action Plan. What’s new about this document? A first obvious difference – it’s much longer since we have identified specific actions for the various implementers. Is it a more user-friendly document? We think so especially since we have also included a simple colour coding system so that implementers can easily ‘find themselves’ in the plan. With this system, all implementers – whether Government people at national or local levels, INGOs/NGOs, Site Managers and Visitor Centre Managers, Scientists, or people working for inter-governmental organisations etc. – can easily find their CEPA tasks to help in delivering CEPA actions. In turn this will contribute to the delivery of Objective 2 of the EAAFP’s Implementation Strategy. We hope all implementers will take some time to review this CEPA Strategy and Action Plan. Download Communication, Education, Participation and Awareness (CEPA) Strategy and Action Plan 2017-2021


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  • MOP9 CEPA Interactive Sessions Report

    Sandra Hails, CEPA Working Group Chair Two interactive group sessions were held at the Ninth Meeting of the Partners (MOP9)…


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  • MOP9 Interactive Sessions

    Sandra Hails, CEPA Working Group Chair Two interactive sessions were held at MOP 9 involving almost all participants. The sessions were designed to collect views about…


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