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Wetlands International in Indonesia becomes secretariat of National Migratory Bird Management in Indonesia


Palembang, Indonesia - The meeting of the East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) on waterbirds has designated the Sembilang National Park in South Sumatra as ‘network site’ for waterbird conservation. The Indonesia office of Wetlands International will from now on host the national secretariat for migratory bird management.


With a team of 5 staff of Headquarters, Oceania and Indonesia Offices, Wetlands International actively involved with the arrangements and the implementation of 6th Meeting of Partners (MOP) of East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP). The meeting of this partnership -   focused on the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their wetlands - was held in Palembang, South Sumatra, 19 – 22 March 2012. It was graciously hosted by the Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia, in collaboration with international and local NGOs, Indonesian Institute of Science and the private sector.

High level meeting

Over 90 participants attended the event, representing Government partners, potential Government partners, Inter-Governmental Organisations, International – Non Government Organisations, International Business Sector from Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, USA (Alaska) and Vietnam and other migratory waterbird initiatives.


Minister of Forestry statement

In his opening remarks, the Indonesian Minister of Forestry, Mr. Zulkifli Hasan, pointed out that, “ … to build up, maintain, strengthen and extend the partnership along the Flyway, locally, nationally, and internationally is the vital key to the success of our efforts to protect the migratory water birds.All of the above aims are not easy tasks without challenges, and of course, not without opportunities. During this few days we are gathering to deal collectively with those challenges and opportunities in our Flyway. By sharing common ownership on the Flyway, and bearing common responsibilities,by working hard together, God willing, we can help guarantee the future of our migratory water birds on the Flyway for the future of our children and grandchildren."

New EAAFP partners

This meeting marked the acceptance of three new Partners (Mongolia, New Zealand and Rio Tinto).
The meeting itself focused it’s discussion on the finalization of its 2012 – 2017 implementation strategy. It also made good progress in reviewing the work of its Task Forces on monitoring of waterbirds and network sites and habitats, coordination of waterbird colour marking, conservation activities of internationally important wetland areas and sites, and activities on Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Working Groups (Anatidae, Cranes, Communication Education & Public Awareness, Seabirds, Shorebirds, and Avian Influenza ). The Partners have agreed that their next meeting will be held in the northeastern end of the flyway in Alaska, in June 2013, taking up the kind invitation of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Sembilang National Park

During the last day of the programme, a full day field visit was made to the Sembilang National Park, famous for its extensive intertidal mudflats and mangroves. Sembilang National Park has been designated as the 108th EAAF network site on the basis of its international importance for migratory waterbirds. The site is the country’s second network site after Wasur National Park in Papua
This status gives the park the recognition of a crucial wetland for migratory waterbirds. During the fieldtrip, participants observed big populations of vulnerable Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea) and Lesser Adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus) as well as Nordmann’s Greenshank (Tringa guttifer) and Chinese Egret (Egretta eulophotes) and many other migratory and resident waterbird species. Large numbers of Asian Dowitcher (Limnodromus semipalmatus) were observed, a species for which this area is of critical importance.


National secretariat for migratory bird management

The Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia has established a national secretariat for migratory bird management, including as a mechanism for coordinating implementation of the flyway partnership.
Wetlands International – Indonesia Programme has been nominated to host the Secretariat. Yus Rusila Noor of Wetlands International in Indonesia: “Our organisation is proud to have been actively supporting the Government of Indonesia and granted role of secretariat of the national implementation of East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership. The designation of Sembilang National Park as the 108th official network site in the flyway is a great step in conserving this crucial wetland area and its waterbirds”.

From left to right : Formal opening with Mr. Darori (Director General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation), H.E. Zulkifli Hasan (Minister of Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia), Mr. Alex Nurdin (Governor of South Sumatra Province), Dr. Yin Kim Sean the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Environment (Vice Minister) of Cambodia (Chair of the EAAF Partnership). By Yus Noor


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