EAAF Conservation Status Review

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Up to date information on population sizes and trends of waterbirds is critical to inform actions. The East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) Secretariat has prioritised preparation of a regular update of its populations and contracted Wetlands International to coordinate preparation of a 1st Conservation Status Review of migratory waterbirds for the East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP CSR1) in 2021.

A draft CSR1 Summary Report has been prepared in consultation with the EAAFP Working Groups and Task Forces, EAAFP Partners, specialist groups linked to IUCN SSC and Wetlands International, Asian Waterbird Census Coordinators, and all others interested in contributing to this process.

The draft Summary Report contains new information and updated size estimates and 1% thresholds for 245 (88%) of the 276 EAAF biogeographic populations of 216 migratory waterbird species. Importantly, for the first time we present population boundary maps for all 276 populations (accessible here) that are covered in this report (pages 31-34 for a preview). This allows easier access to site-level information of relevant populations and 1% thresholds for Ramsar and EAAF site managers, as well as researchers and conservationists.

The preparation of the Review has been generously supported by the EAAFP Secretariat and the Norwegian Environment Agency.

We invite feedback on this Summary Review, along with the Annexes and boundary maps by 15 April 2022. Kindly provide feedback by email to Wetlands International ([email protected]ds.org)

Cover note for EAAF CSR1 review, with timeline for the finalisation of the report (1 page)


Draft Summary Report on the Conservation Status of Migratory Waterbirds of the East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership First Edition


Draft Summary Report Annex 3a of Population estimates, trends and 1% thresholds [Excel]


Draft Summary Report Annex 3a of Population estimates, trends and 1% thresholds [pdf]


In April 2021, the EAAFP Secretariat co-organised a lively introductory CSR webinar with Wetlands International that was attended by nearly 100 representatives of Partners and experts from the region and around the world. Information on this is available here – EAAFP Secretariat and Wetlands International.

Do watch a recording about the draft Summary Report and how to contribute to the review, made at a webinar organised by the Asian Flyways Collaborative for Waterbirds (AFCoW) in March 2022.

Featured Photograph – Saunders’s Gull in the Yellow Sea, by Taej Mundkur