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In 2004 the Conference ‘Waterbirds around the World’ was held in Edinburgh. The aim of the presentations and discussions was to review the protection, management and study of the world’s waterbird species and the migration routes That they use. 

The main conclusion was that urgent action is necessary to halt and reverse wetland loss and degradation, and to strengthen networks of key sites for waterbirds.  The conference resulted in publication of this new book, which is a current global assessment, to be used here and now, in addressing contemporary conservation issues.

This landmark publication contains 264 papers and reviews relating to 614 waterbird species from 162 countries.  It has new data on 170 globally and near-threatened species, and will be made available for first time from 14.00 hours at Paviljoen de Witte, Pellenaerstraat 4 in The Hague, The Netherlands on the 12th of March 2007.
Minister Verburg and Minister Gardiner will receive the first copies ‘off the press’ and will both speak of the role the Netherlands and the UK have taken up in terms of Waterbird conservation, highlighting how the research gathered here can be used to formulate policy on wider environmental issues, such as climate change, and stopping the spread of diseases.  This will become a unique resource to promote waterbird and wetland conservation.

From 15.00-16.00 hours an expert panel will discuss the ramifications of the publication, with keynote speakers and experts. The press is welcome at this forum which will put the significance of this huge body of work into context. 

Media representatives are invited to attend these gatherings to get a unique insight into this publication and its potential uses.

Please register with
Frederique Hermie,
press officer of the ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality,
on 00-31-70-3784513

For further questions, contact
Alex Kaat
Communication Manager Wetlands International
+31 (0)6 5060 1917 (cell phone)
+31 (0)317 47 8856


The publication will be available for download from 12 March 2007 at

Press contact

Communications and Advocacy Department