A lot of things had been carried out and happened in 2019. Here is a quick summary about what EAAFP Partners and Secretariat had done and achieved in 2019.
- 10th Anniversary of Secretariat Hosting / New MOU
EAAFP celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Government of Korea hosting the EAAFP Secretariat and signing the New MoU with Ministry of Environment Korea, Incheon Metropolitan City in Incheon, May 2019. (read more)
- Support World Heritage Inscription for coastal tidal flats in China and Korea
EAAFP supported the inscription of Coast of Yellow Sea-Bohai Gulf of China Phase I (including Yancheng, EAAFP Flyway Network Site EAAF005) on the World Heritage List in July 2019; EAAFP Secretariat also provide ongoing support to the World Heritage inscription of Korean Tidal Flat which the decision will be made in July 2020. (read more)
- Strengthening on-site conservation work
Research, monitoring and knowledge generation and capacity building are strengthened for our partners through EAAFP small grants and the Secretariats’ participation in Partner activities. This included supporting 7 projects for WG/TFs and involvement in 24 activities in the EAAF. (read more)
- CEPA Activities
EAAFP Secretariat widely disseminated CEPA materials and reached out to participation of over 9,000 students and the general public through World Migratory Bird Day small grant projects (12 projects from 7 countries) and CEPA activities such as bird fairs, school talks (read more).
- Key Species Conservation Activities
EAAFP supported conservation activities for key species in the flyway including Critically Endangered Baer’s Pochard and Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Endangered Nordmann’s Greenshank, Far Eastern Curlew, Scaly-sided Merganser and Black-faced Spoonbill, Vulnerable Hooded Crane and Near Threatened Dalmatian Pelican. (read more)
- New EAAFP FNS
EAAFP successfully expanded the Flyway Site Network to include 12 new sites in 6 countries (New Zealand, Cambodia, RO Korea, DPR Korea, Myanmar, Bangladesh). Together there are now 146 Flyway Network Sites. (read more)
- Conservation in Ro Korea
In the host country of the EAAFP Secretariat, we supported over 28 coastal wetlands conservation activities. (read more)
- Conservation in DPR Korea
EAAFP encouraged cooperation on conservation in DPR Korea in collaboration with Hanns Seidel Foundation, WWF-Hong Kong and Hong Kong Birdwatching Society. (read more)
- EAAFP Partners Activities
EAAFP Secretariat contributed or collaborated with Partners to support conservation activities at the Flyway-, Regional- and Site-level, such as IUCN- Yellow Sea Working Group meeting, national Flyway Network Site manager workshops, ASEAN Flyway Initiative, Asian Waterbird Census.
- Task Force Establishment
EAAFP further consolidate work for newly established Task Forces on Illegal Hunting, Taking and Trade of Migratory Waterbirds and Dalmatian Pelican Task Force.
- Resourcing Plan Development
The Partnership developed a Resourcing Plan to mobilize resources for high-impact interventions for our partners to achieve the goals of EAAFP 10-years Strategic Plan. (read more)
- External Supporters Outreach
EAAFP Secretariat developed external supporters for more active outreach (e.g. Sony, Korea South-East Power Co, Incheon Bridge Company) in the Flyway. (read more)
- EAAFP Foundation Establishment
The Foundation was established in September 2019 as a mean to ensure more sustainable financing for the conservation of migratory waterbirds and habitats.
In 2020, it will be a super year for nature and people, the EAAFP Secretariat and Partners as we work towards integrating the global strategies to conserve the nature, including the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, to be adopted in the coming Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties (COP 15) in Kunming, China – the UN Biodiversity Summit. There will be several big events related to the Flyway: kicked off by the The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13) in February, followed by The 3rd ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity in March. In June, the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 will be held, and then in China the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to be organized in October.
The EAAFP will also further implement its Strategic Plan 2019-2028, to:
- Strengthen CEPA & Flyway Network Site Activities, in particular, working with local communities at FNS
- Strengthening Science-Based Evidence on migration waterbirds and their habitats in the Flyway, led by EAAFP Science Unit, Beijing, PR China
- Progress Climate Change Adaptation Planning to increase the resilience of Flyway Network Sites to climate change
- Explore Partnerships with the Private Sector, especially in relation to international trade in the Flyway for the conservation of migratory waterbirds.