• New Publication “ China Wetland Centers Manual for Planning and Practice” by Mangrove Foundation

    By 2021, China has 64 wetlands of International Importance, 20 Flyway Network Sites, 602 Wetland Nature Reserves, 899…


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  • Official Launching of the Regional Flyways Initiative Webpage

    The EAAFP Secretariat is pleased to announce the release of a webpage built up for the Regional Flyway Initiative (RFI). The page was set up to archive RFI-related documents, articles, media, and events for information sharing. A brief introduction of RFI, key documents (RFI Technical Assistance Report and EAAFP Strategic Plan 2019-2028), a list of meetings and webinars, articles, and publications linked to RFI are also available. Link: https://www.eaaflyway.net/regional-flyway-initiative/ The Regional Flyway Initiative was launched in October 2021 by joint efforts with Asian Development Bank, EAAFP, and BirdLife International at the Ecological Civilization Forum of the 15th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP15). The Regional Flyway Initiative seeks to develop a long-term financing program to protect and restore EAAF wetland ecosystems and the services they provide. RFI aims to mobilize large-scale financing to support the protection, maintenance, and restoration of wetlands in East and Southeast Asia, especially coastal wetlands. The initiative aims to strengthen the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands across the region, which are crucial for the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people and the migratory waterbirds in Asia and the Pacific. This will be achieved through partnerships among governments, non-government organizations, local communities, regional organizations, development agencies, private sectors, and other stakeholders.


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  • New paper sheds light on distribution and conservation challenges for Baer’s Pochard

    Baer's Pochard ©Luo Jianhong An important new paper, led by Beijing Forestry University, was published in April 2022 about changes in the distribution of Baer's Pochard (Aythya baeri), a critically endangered duck in the EAAF.  The paper, entitled "Shifted to the South, Shifted to the North, but No Expansion: Potential Suitable Habitat Distribution Shift and Conservation Gap of the Critically Endangered Baer’s Pochard (Aythya baeri)" reflects seven years of surveys across its historical range.  The results show: The southernmost breeding site is about 1400 km south of its current IUCN breeding range; The northern-most wintering site is 800 km north of the IUCN wintering range; Six newly discovered sites in Hebei, Henan, Shandong, Jiangxi and Hubei provinces in China are confirmed to be used all year round; Most sites (81.8%) are not located in protected areas (PAs), and the majority of the suitable habitats (90%) are not protected by the current PA network. Fig. 1. Updated Distribution Map of Baer’s Pochard based on this study. The findings reveal substantial changes to the distribution of Baer’s Pochard and that there are many distribution overlaps throughout its annual migration circle (e.g., many historical stopover sites become breeding habitats). Moreover, most of the habitats overlap with urban developed areas and are outside the current PA network. The authors suggest that the existing PA network may be less effective for the conservation of this critically endangered species under predicted global climate change, and other effective area-based conservation measures should be part of the conservation strategy. More importantly, as the distribution of Baer’s Pochard covers at least 15 countries, closely coordinated cross-border cooperation will be critical for its future survival. Access the full paper here. Article prepared by Terry Townshend of Baer's Pochard Task Force.


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  • EAAFP MOP11 – 4th Notification to Partners

    With regards to the continuing COVID-19 global pandemic situation, international travel measures and restrictions imposed in many Partner countries, the Australian Government and BirdLife Australia have proposed revised dates regarding the hosting of MoP11 to the 12th -17th March, 2023 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The EAAFP Management Committee has accepted the generous hosting offer from the Australian co-hosts. The Management Committee also endorsed the Secretariat organizing a series of webinars to increase dialogue with and between Partners. This is also an opportunity for Partners to be briefed on important issues to be tabled for consideration at MoP11, including Activities of the Secretariat; Draft Guidelines for National/Site Partnerships and Sister Site Programme; Migratory Waterbird Conservation Status Review; Update on the ADB Regional Flyway Initiative; Briefing on the proposed Partner Reporting Template for MoP 11, etc. The webinars are proposed for June, 2022. Further notification and details will be announced in due course. The EAAFP Secretariat regrets any inconvenience caused by the postponement of MoP. The Secretariat will continue its work and update Partners, Working Groups and Task Forces on issues and the proposed decision papers related to MoP11 via email, the MoP11 webpage , and social media channels. Please feel free to contact the Secretariat at secretariat@eaaflyway.net for any relevant inquiries.


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  • Rongcheng Swan National Nature Reserve in China became Flyway Network Site on World Wetlands Day 2022

    On 2nd February, 2022 World Wetlands Day, the EAAFP and its Partners celebrate Rongcheng Swan National Nature Reserve in the People’s Republic of China as the new Flyway Network…


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  • World Coastal Forum held in China to promote wetland conservation

    On 10th January, 2022, the World Coastal Forum (WCF) was kicked off in Yancheng, Jiangsu Province. The Forum was co-sponsored by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) of China…


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  • Artificial Nests Program for the Endangered Scaly-sided Merganser in Russia: A brief report of the 2021 results

    The Scaly-sided Merganser Mergus squamatus is a globally threatened seaduck, classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List…


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  • 2021 International Symposium for the Hwaseong Wetlands – “All Connected through the Hwaseong Wetlands: One World, One Future”

    On 26th November, the 2021 International Symposium for the Hwaseong Wetlands hosted by Hwaseong City was held. The Symposium aimed to promote the importance and values of the Hwaseong…


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  • 2021 in Review: Work and achievements of EAAFP Partners and Secretariat

    Development of the Flyway Site Network 1. Welcome Taehwa River in Ro Korea and Sarobetsu Wetland in Japan as New Flyway Network Sites In 2021, two new Flyway Network Sites…


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