World Migratory Bird Day 2020 event in Cambodia
Ministry of Environment Cambodia – Department of Freshwater Wetlands Conservation, Department of Environment Takeo Province, Takeo Provincial Administration & BirdLife International Cambodia Programme & Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust & Build Bright University TaKeo Campus
About 150 people in total including policy makers, local authorities, site manager, rangers, students, teachers, local communities, media, and NGO partners
- Local students and public awareness raised of the important wetlands, which support Sarus Crane and other migratory birds during winter, Boeung Preklapouv Protected Landscape, located in Takeo Province.
- A pair of Sarus Crane statue which made by recycle tires were installed in the public park in front of Roka Khnong Wetlands in Doun Keo City of Takeo Province.
- The knowledge of local students and public related to migratory bird and its habitat are improved.
- The EAAFP partnership and its concept were promoted to the sub-national or local authority.
- Awareness raising materials were provided to students and local communities.
- A covid-19 support to the local field monitoring teams were provided.
- A social media release related to the event as well as to generate the awareness of the public on migratory bird conservation were posted which impacted more than thousand public.
- An event of World Migratory Bird Day 2020 was posted in the official social media page of Cambodia Ministry of Environment.
World Migratory Bird Day 2020 in Cambodia was organized in front of Roka Khnong Wetland in Doun Keo City, Takeo Province. The event was organized by the Department of Freshwater Wetlands Conservation, Ministry of Environment in collaborated with EAAFP, BirdLife International Cambodia and Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust Cambodia. The event was celebrated with the caution of Covid 19 situation, all participants were provided surgical masks, tested temperature, and was instructed to wash hands with gel or alcohol.
The speech and lecture relating to what a migratory bird is, a flyway definition, migratory bird and its habitat conservation, etc. were provided. The remarks were delivered to point out the important of the engagement from everyone to protect and conserve the migratory bird and its habitat. Migratory bird migrates from one country to another between their feeding ground to their breeding ground. The migratory bird links the connection of people and signalling the change of the wetlands specially the tidal flats where are the important habitat of those migratory bird. Those important habitats for migratory bird are also providing essential ecosystem services to the local people.
The CEPA activities during the event including Q&A section which questions were asked to students related to the migratory bird, key species, and the important of wetland site in Takeo Province. The rewards were provided those students who have the corrected answers. Moreover, the awareness materials including T-shirts and notebooks were provided to the participants. Some supported materials including masks, hand gel, daily supplies were provided as encouragement to local field monitoring teams who keep monitoring the biodiversity, Sarus Crane, and migratory birds. As part of the event, a pair of Sarus Crane made from recycled rubber tires were installed in the public park in front of Roka Khnong Wetland to promote and raise awareness to the public about the presence of the vulnerable species, the Sarus Crane, in Takeo Province. The event was also published in the social media platform.
To date, Cambodia has designed five Ramsar Sites and in 2019, Cambodia has nominated its first Flyway Network Site (FNS), the Anlung Pring Protected Area which supports Sarus Crane and other migratory birds during the winter. There are many more wetlands which are the migratory bird feeding grounds, and also have the potential to nominated as FNS in Cambodia.
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