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Launch of Asian Waterbird Census 1997-2001

01-Apr-2004

We are pleased to announce that Wetlands International has formally launched a new Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) 1997-2001 report Numbers and distribution of Waterbirds and Wetlands in the Asia-Pacif...
We are pleased to announce that Wetlands International has formally launched a new Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) 1997-2001 report Numbers and distribution of Waterbirds and Wetlands in the Asia-Pacific region. Results of the Asian Waterbird Census: 1997-2001 on 4 April 2004 in Edinburgh, UK in conjunction with the Global Flyway Conference. The first copies of this publication were presented to representatives of the Ramsar Convention, Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and Japanese Government by Ms. Jane Madgwick, Chief Executive Officer of Wetlands International. Dr. Nick Davidson, Deputy Secretary General at the Ramsar Secretariat, Mr. Marco Barbieri Technical Officer of the CMS Secretariat, and Ms.Shiho Kanie, Chief of International Team, Wildlife Division of the Ministry of the Environment congratulated Wetlands International for the excellent work and publication. The launch was chaired by Mr. Ward Hagemeijer, the Head of Wetlands International's Species Conservation Programme and the publication was introduced by David Li, Waterbird Conservation Officer (Asia), Wetlands International. In introducing this report to the meeting, David Li of Wetlands International has first expressed their appreciation to the contribution of thousands of AWC volunteers, without their support the AWC would not have been so successful and this report would not have been available. The report presents the latest information on waterbird numbers and distribution, as well as the status of important wetlands in Asia.  This report summarises the results of the counts from 1,392 sites in 22 countries including 61 wetlands of international importance listed under the Ramsar Convention, 32 Migratory Waterbird Network Sites in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway and 43 Important Bird Areas.  A total of 291 species of migratory and resident waterbirds and 15 species of wetland-dependent raptors (birds of prey) were recorded; and a maximum of over 4.5 million waterbirds were counted in 2001.  The publication provides distribution maps for 110 species, including 24 globally threatened species. The data in the report aims to contribute to conservation efforts of wetland management bodies, government agencies, conventions and NGOs at the local to the international level. Forewords kindly provided by the Secretary General of the Convention on Wetlands and the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species (two major international data users) calls on their Contracting Parties to use this publication to promote wetland and waterbird conservation nationally demonstrates the importance of the AWC.

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