• Linking environmental educators from Hong Kong and Incheon for conservation of migratory waterbirds

    Environmental education is key to conservation efforts. Exchanging knowledge and…


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  • WMBD 2022 Reports

    May 2022 Republic of Korea Event name: Ganghwa Big Bird Race (Ganghwa BBR) in Ganghwa, Ro Korea Organizer: Eco-Hub Mool Sae Al Participants: 110 birdwatchers from across the country Summary: From 30 April to 1 May 2022, birdwatchers from across the Republic of Korea gathered in Ganghwa Island, to participate in the 2022 <Ganghwa Big Bird Race>, organized by Moolsaeal, a local NGO. A total of 26 teams (14 competitive, 12 non-competitive), spent 24 hours searching for birds on the island. All birds observed had to be photographed and recorded using a  monitoring App called 'Getbol keepers'. The judges scored and ranked teams based on the records listed on the monitoring App. Read more about their activities. For more on Ganghwa BBR visit: https://ghbbr.modoo.at/?link=cgfdi6ow  Myanmar Event name: Celebration of World Migratory Bird Day through education awareness campaigns at villages near Gulf of Mottama Organizer: Nature Conservation Society-Myanmar (NCS)  Participants: 104 school students, local community members from villages around the Gulf of Mottama(GoM) and members of local conservation groups from Koe Te Su village. Summary: On 10 May 2022, the Nature Conservation Society-Myanmar (NCS) organized a World Migratory Bird Day event for Primary Schools in Koe Tae Su Village, Belin Township near GoM in Myanmar. The event raised awareness on how WMBD was formed and held annually all around the world, and educated local communities about the importance of the conservation of migratory birds and wetland ecosystems. Read more about their activities. For more photos visit the NCS Facebook page: Link Mongolia Event name: World Migratory Bird Day - 2022 Organizer: Wildlife Science and Conservation Center - Mongolia Participants: 910 participants who were mostly school students Summary: Between 12 – 20 May 2022, in cooperation with WWF Mongolia, Oyu Tolgoi LLC, and high schools of every soum (area of pastureland) in the vicinity, the Wildlife Science and Conservation Center organized a series of activities to celebrate WMBD in West, South and Eastern Mongolia. Participants enjoyed activities such as a birdwatching competition and a bird drawing competition as well as ringing stations. Read more about their activities. For more on the Wildlife Science and Conservation Center. Indonesia (Jambi Province) Event name: World Migratory Bird Day in Kuala Simbur Village, Jambi Province,  Indonesia Organizer: Wildlife Observer Community (WOC) Participants: Around 150 local community members and students Summary: Between 16 – 18 May 2022, the Wildlife Observer Community (WOC), based in Indonesia, successfully organized two WMBD events in Kuala Simbur Village, Indonesia. The events consisted of field visits, birdwatching, and presentations to increase public awareness. On 17 – 18 May, the project team also conducted an awareness-raising campaign in SD Negeri 22/X Kuala Simbur,  for local people with the goal of providing knowledge on migratory birds and their migration to local people and children near the sites. Read more about their activities. Indonesia (Aceh) Event name: Save the Light for the Future of Migratory Birds Organizer: Aceh Bird Club Participants: Students, members from the general public, bird watchers and lecturers. More than 100 participants joined in on the events. Summary: On 16 – 22 May 2022, the Aceh Bird Club celebrated World Migratory Bird Day 2022 with a series of events that were carried out offline and online. Collaborating with the Himpunan Mahasiswa Biologi (HIMABIO) with the aim of inspiring more young people to care about migratory birds and their habitats, ACB invited students, members from the general public, bird watchers and lecturers to participate in the campaign activities, including a poster design competition, a short video competition, a seminar, and bird watching. Read more about their activities. Indonesia (Sumatra) Event name: Awareness of elementary school childrenthrough visit school and art drawingcompetition Organizer: Wild Heritage of Sumatra Foundation (WHIS) Participants: 180 students and 19 teachers from Medang Deras Sub-regency and Lima Puluh Pesisir Sub-regency, Indonesia Summary: On 27 – 28 May 2022, the Wild Heritage of Sumatra Foundation (WHIS) conducted  education programs for three elementary school students on the east coast of Batubara Regency in celebration of WMBD 2022. The activities included storytelling “Introduction to migratory shorebirds," a drawing competition, a photo exhibition and a short film screening of “Migratory Shorebirds in Batubara coastline." Read more about their activities. October 2022 Coming Soon!


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  • Welcoming Gochang Getbol from the Republic of Korea as Flyway Network Site, EAAF 153

    On 28th August 2022, the East Asian-Australasian Partnership welcomed a new addition to…


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  • Chinese Crested Tern banded in Republic of Korea sighted in China

    The connection between RoK-breeding Critically Endangered Chinese Crested Tern and…


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  • “Black-faced Spoonbills Connecting Children to the Future of Wetlands Project” by Team SPOON

    Team SPOON, a youth group to protect the Endangered Black-faced Spoonbill and create a peaceful society by…


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  • YSFAC X EAAFP Programme Concluded With Art Exhibition

    On 2nd September, the <Bird Meets Arts> Closing Reception hosted by the EAAFP Foundation and (Yeonsu Foundation for Arts and Culture (YSFAC) took place in G Tower Gallery, Songdo,…


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  • First Upo Wetland Symposium held to promote harmony between birds and people

    Upo Wetland © EAAFP Secretariat The 1st Upo Wetland Harmony Symposium was successfully held in Changnyeong County, Ro Korea from 21st to 22nd April 2022. It was hosted by Changnyeong County, with the support from the EAAFP Secretariat with the National Institute of Ecology (NIE), Ramsar Regional Center- East Asia (RRC-EA), and Gyeongsangnamdo Ramsar Environmental Foundation (GREF). Local Project Coordinator of EAAFP Secretariat, Ms. Yeonah Ku and Programme Assistant Hyoeun Kim supported and participated in the event. Upo Wetland Flyway Network Site (EAAF096), also a Ramsar Site, is located in Changnyeong County, Southern part of Ro Korea. The site consists of four natural riverine marshes of Nakdong River. As the site was well-preserved and with suitable habitats, the Ministry of Environment of Korea has reintroduced locally extinct Crested Ibis in the area (link). In addition, Changnyeong County was inscribed as one of the first batches of Wetland Cities by the Ramsar Convention in 2018. For its following action as a Ramsar Wetland City, Changnyeong County held an international symposium, with the Slogan “Upo Wetland, where birds and people belong”. The county is planning to organize a world expo on wetlands in the long run. Q&A session of the symposium © EAAFP Secretariat The symposium consisted of keynote speeches ‘Upo Wetland and Sustainable Development’, and sessions titled ‘Benefits from Wetlands’, ‘Our Promise, Protection on Migratory Waterbirds and Crested Ibis of Upo, Flying Again’, and ‘Discussion’. In the first session, “Benefits of Wetlands”, Dr. Mathew Simpson from ‘35 %’ introduced the Ramsar Convention and its criteria for Ramsar sites considering public awareness; Dr. Wooyeong Joo from NIE evaluated the ecosystem service of the Upo Wetland, based on the Ro Korean policy and the general concept of ecosystem services; and Mr. Seungoh Suh from RRC-EA promoted managing wetlands led by the local NGO. In the second session, Mr. Simba Chan from the Japan Bird Research Association explained the extinction and conservation process of birds, with cases of Yellow-breasted bunting and the Chinese Crested Tern. Which showed the importance of building up strong networks both nationally and internationally. Then, Mr. Nelson Chen from Guandu National Park shared the case of citizen science, as experience in managing the citizen scientists and datasets was valuable for those who need more scientific evidence for conservation. Dr. Seong-Jin Kim shared the conservation status of the Asian Crested Ibis which had been extinct in Ro Korea and successfully reintroduced in Upo Wetland. The second day of the symposium was an excursion to the Upo Wetland, including a visit to the Upo Crested Ibis Restoration Center, and Changnyeong Upo Wetland Eco Center. The Eco Center focuses on ecological elements and provides activities and materials for visitors’ experience, targeting children. The machines for incubating Crested Ibis at the Upo Crested Ibis Restoration Center © EAAFP Secretariat Stepping on the peat layer at the Changnyeong Upo Wetland Eco Center © EAAFP Secretariat Beak description comparing to the tools for humans at the Upo Wetland Eco Center © EAAFP Secretariat Restored Sanbakbeol Wetland Sanbakbeol Wetland used to be agricultural land and now is restored as a marsh of an area of 192,250 m2 in November 2017. There is an artificial island that was designed as a birds’ roosting site. To maintain the environment of the island, . Reed control on the island enhance birds’ usage of the habitat and it proved that more birds visited the roosting site, according to the monitoring cameras that GREF had set on the island. Sanbakbeol Wetland © EAAFP Secretariat Upo, where artists belong Wetlands and wildlife have always been inspiring to artists. Mr. Bongchae Jung, a nature photographer, is one of the artists who has been in love with Upo. He introduces himself as “a photographer ”, meaning that he is now acting as a part of nature, not just as an observer of nature, after decades working for the Upo Wetland. He is a well-known nature photographer, and a lot of his artworks focus on the Upo Wetland, where he lived for more than 20 years. Mr. Jung aims to raise public awareness to conserve wetlands via his artworks. Together with Mr. Jung, there are a number of artists working with ‘Changnyeong Upo Wetland Ecotourism Association’, and they held art events such as Upo Ecological Art Village Project. We can say, nature inspires artists, and their art inspire people to take conservation actions to nature. Mr. Bongchae Jung at the Gallery of Jeong Bongchae © EAAFP Secretariat The photographs of its inside © EAAFP Secretariat   Watch the playback: Youtube channel for the symposium


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  • YSFAC X EAAFP PROJECT 2022 Bird Meets Arts 5th Education Program

    On August 4th, the fifth event of 2022 <Bird Meets Arts> ‘Imaginary Monster’ was successfully concluded. A cooperative project between the EAAFP Foundation and the Yeonsu Foundation for Arts and…


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  • EAAFP Secretariat signs MOU with Seoul Science Center, Ro Korea

    Dr. Jung-Kyu Lee, Head of the Seoul Science Center (SSC) and Mr. Doug Watkins, Chief Executive of the…


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