• Asian Waterbird Conservation Fund (AWCF): Securing the future of our highflyers!

    Along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, 36 and 19 species are globally threatened and near threatened respectively. On today’s Endangered Species Day, WWF-Hong Kong is pleased to announce that the Asian Flyways Initiative Grant (AFI Grant) will support researches on the critically endangered Baer’s Pochard (Aythya baeri; Figure 1) and near threatened Swinhoe’s Storm-petrel (Hydrobates monorhis; Figure 2) while the implementation of the seabird conservation action plan by Isla Biodiversity Conservation in the Philippines will be supported by Dr. Lew Young Grant. Both grants are under Asian Waterbird Conservation Fund (AWCF). In the Baer’s Pochard project, researchers at the Qufu Normal University will identify the nesting locations of the pochard in Nanyang Lake in Shandong Province and estimate the breeding success by monitoring the number of chicks and their survival rate. Threats faced by this species during the breeding period such as by-catch in fish harvesting activities will also be investigated. Mr. Simba Chan, one of the Committee Members of AWCF commented “In my opinion, this is the most important application not only in this year but also in recent years. Shandong is important to Baer’s Pochard but the breeding sites there are not very well-known.” For the Swinhoe’s Storm-petrel project, besides studying reproductive success, the Australasian Seabird Group will track 20 individuals from Chilbaldo, Ro Korea (also Flyway Network Site EAAF 107) with the use of geolocators to reveal the foraging locations during both breeding and non-breeding seasons. Dietary study will also be carried out. “Increased research on seabirds is urgently needed in the Yellow Sea. The work will build a better understanding of the potential impacts of expanding wind farms on seabirds.” said Mr. Doug Watkins, another Committee Members of AWCF and the Chief Executive of East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership Secretariat. With the support from the Dr. Lew Young Grant 2021, Isla Biodiversity Conservation successfully organized the 1st National Seabird Forum and Action Planning Workshop in the Philippines in October 2021 with the participation of over 100 stakeholders from government, NGOs, academe and birdwatching groups and bird tour companies. A national action plan for the conservation of seabirds (2022-2026) was finalized and the coming project aims to collaborate, capacitate, and work with local stakeholders and national agencies in developing a national CEPA action plan and in piloting a training programme for seabird monitoring and research. “AWCF aims to provide much-needed funding to fill the critical knowledge gap and catalyze pivotal action to conserve some of the most threatened migratory waterbird species in the region. Through the deep and extensive research and collaboration in these projects, we are hopeful that the bird populations can fly up high again in the near future.” Ms. Nicole Wong, CEO, WWF Hong Kong added. Figure 1.  A family of Baer’s Pochard in Nanyang Lake, Shandong Province ©Xuefang Li Figure 2.  A Swinhoe’s Storm-petrel’s nest ©Shinan County   Article prepared by Fion Cheung from AWCF Secretariat


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  • World Migratory Bird Day: WWF collaborates with EAAPF to Launch an Updated Education Pack “Lolo Flying Journey” about Black-faced Spoonbill

    In line with the celebration of  “World Migratory Bird Day” on 14 May to raise awareness on protecting migratory birds and their habitats, WWF Hong Kong collaborates with the East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP), with the generous support from Incheon Metropolitan City of the Republic of Korea and Hanns Seidel Foundation, launches the updated Education Pack “Lolo Flying Journey” about Black-faced Spoonbill today. The updates of the education pack was brought forward under the Incheon-Hong Kong Sister Site Arrangement signed in 2019. “Lolo Flying Journey” is an Education Pack featuring Black-faced Spoonbill to educate knowledge about migratory birds and wetland conservation. Through a fun and interactive game, participants would play the role as a Black-faced Spoonbill and experience their thrilling and exciting migration journey. The Black-faced Spoonbill is classified as an ‘Endangered' species on The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. There are only a little over 6,000 individuals in the world and the bird is inherently vulnerable to extinction. They, together with millions of other migratory birds, migrate along the East Asian – Australasian Flyway (EAAF) twice every year and would encounter different situations which affect their survival. The game also conveys the importance of conserving different wetlands,  between  Mai Po Nature Reserve and Inner Deep Bay (EAAFP FNS 003) in Hong Kong, the wintering ground, and Songdo Tidal Flat (EAAFP FNS 145)  in Incheon, Ro Korea, the breeding ground, for the protection of Black-faced Spoonbill and other migratory waterbirds. The Education Pack is targeting 6 to 15 year-olds, to enhance their understanding of human-nature environment, promote their interest and concern for Nature (particularly about migratory birds and wetlands), widen their horizon on global issues, and help them to develop positive value towards conservation of natural environment and wildlife by adopting a sustainable lifestyle. It includes an interpretation note and a manual for teachers and educators, English, Chinese and Korean versions are available. The original version of “Lolo Flying Journey” was in use for over 10 years in Hong Kong for environmental education. The new version provides more updated information, while WWF and EAAFP are also expecting to bring the pack to wider users in other places. Training and learning activities for teachers and students would be held soon. Digital version of updated “Lolo Flying Journey” can be downloaded from the following sources: (English version) https://www.wwf.org.hk/en/reslib/education/wetlands/ (Traditional Chinese version) https://www.wwf.org.hk/reslib/education/wetlands/ (Korean version) (link)   About WWF-Hong Kong WWF is a leading global conservation organization, with a network active in more than 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. WWF-Hong Kong has been working since 1981 to deliver solutions for a living planet through conservation, footprint and education programmes, with the aim of transforming Hong Kong into Asia’s most sustainable city. For more information, please visit: wwf.org.hk (Chinese version)   響應「世界候鳥日」 WWF聯同EAAFP推出更新版教材套「Lolo飛行手記」 推廣遷徙水鳥和濕地保育 為響應5月14日的「世界候鳥日」,喚起全球關注保護候鳥及其生境,世界自然基金會香港分會(WWF)與東亞—澳大利西亞遷飛區伙伴關係協定(East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP)) 合作,並承蒙韓國仁川市政府和漢斯·賽德爾基金會(Hanns Seidel Foundation)的支持,推出更新版遊戲教材套「Lolo飛行手記」。 「LoLo飛行手記」是一套以候鳥遷徙和濕地保育為主題的教材套,透過生動有趣的遊戲,讓參加者化身成黑臉琵鷺,體驗刺激又驚險的遷徙旅程。黑臉琵鷺被《世界自然保護聯盟紅色名錄》列為「瀕危」物種,全球數目只剩6千多隻,面臨絕種威脅。牠們每年兩次和成千上萬其他品種的候鳥沿著東亞—澳大利西亞遷飛區遷徙,有機會遇上各種各樣的狀況,影響牠們的生存。遊戲帶出保育各地的濕地對遷徙候鳥的重要性,包括黑臉琵鷺的渡冬地—香港的米埔自然保護區和內后海灣 (EAAFP FNS 003),以及其繁殖地—韓國仁川的松島潮灘(EAAFP FNS 145) 。 本教材套旨在讓6至15歲的學童認識人類與大自然的關係、提升他們對大自然的興趣及關注 (尤其有關候鳥和濕地)、擴闊國際視野,最終幫助他們建立對保護自然環境和野生生物的正確價值觀,並實踐符合可持續原則的生活習慣。教材套包括使用手冊、遊戲冊和講解重點,供老師和教育工作者參考。現時設有英文、繁體中文和韓文的版本。 香港政府和韓國仁川市政府於2019年簽訂諒解備忘錄,令香港米埔內后海灣和韓國仁川松島潮灘成為東亞─澳大利西亞遷飛區鳥區網絡下的「姊妹鳥區」,並促成是次推出更新版教材套。第一代的「LoLo飛行手記」已推出超過十年,主要對象為香港本地群體。更新版為參加者提供更合時宜的資訊,WWF和EAAFP更期望將教材套推廣至全球其他地方使用—第一站將會為南韓的教師和學童舉辦教材套培訓和學習活動。 電子版的「LoLo飛行手記」教材套可於以下網址下載: (英文版)https://www.wwf.org.hk/en/reslib/education/wetlands/ (中文版)https://www.wwf.org.hk/reslib/education/wetlands/ (韓文版) (link)   關於世界自然基金會 世界自然基金會是全球性環保組織,分會及辦事處遍佈全球逾 100 個國家。世界自然基金會的使命是建立人類與大自然和諧共存的未來。世界自然基金會香港分會自 1981 年成立,透過保育及教育項目提出解決方法,推動香港成為亞洲最可持續發展的城市。查詢更詳細資料:wwf.org.hk 


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  • YSFAC X EAAFP PROJECT 2022 Bird Meets Arts

    The 2022 <Bird Meets Arts> project is inviting a Korean artist ’Yang Kura’ to lead a participatory installation of artworks. A series…


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  • At the Nakdong Estuary FNS, river flowing freely for the first time in 35 years

    Sitting in the River mouth of Nakdong River, one of the largest rivers in RO Korea, Nakdong Estuary Flyway Network Site (EAAF097, SIS), located in Busan Metropolitan…


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  • Citizen Scientists in Republic of Korea Monitor Birds in River and Streams

    On 5th February 2022, on occasion of World Wetlands Day, the Korea Network for River and Watershed hosted the 3rd Citizen Monitoring of Migratory Birds along rivers…


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  • Envisioning Roadmap of the Gochang Tidal Flat World Heritage Site management

    To further develop the roadmap for advancing management of Gochang Tidal Flat after its designation as a World Heritage Site in Ro Korea, a 2-day technical workshop for…


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  • Join the Changnyeong Upo Wetland Harmony Symposium, Ro Korea

    With the support of the EAAFP Secretariat, Changnyeong Upo Wetland Harmony Symposium will be held in Changnyeong County, Gyeongsangnam Province, Ro…


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  • The launch of the Incheon Red-crowned Cranes Network, based on the scientific evidence provided by civil monitoring (RO Korea)

    The Incheon Red-crowned Crane Network, which aims to conserve Red-crowned Crane,…


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  • EAAFP Corporate Champion Hyundai Motor Company donated 10,000 USD to EAAFP Foundation

    EAAFP Foundation is happy to announce that Hyundai Motor Company, a leading South Korean multinational automotive manufacturer donated 10 million KRW (equivalent to 10,000 USD) to EAAFP Foundation to…


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