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10th Meeting of Parties of East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership

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We are attending 10th Meeting of Partners (MOP 10) of the East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP), where the adoption of the new Strategic Plan 2019 – 2028 for this partnership will be discussed and taken forward. We will share a number of significant findings and will contribute to strengthening this partnership.

At the MoP, we will make presentations on our work during the plenary meeting and organise side-events. You are most welcome to join us!

Plenary presentations

On “Conservation status reviews for waterbird populations”
The Partnership depends on the availability of up-to-date information on the status of populations of migratory waterbirds for a range of purposes. To address this, the EAAFP Strategic Plan 2019-2028, Key Result Area 3.2 states “Conservation status reviews for waterbird populations are periodically produced to set and adapt priorities for action”. A recent rapid assessment of Anatid populations provides a preliminary example of the generation of information that could feed into a formal EAAF CSR and demonstrates the value of such a review process.

Partners at the 10th Meeting of the Partners are requested to adopt this Decision which seeks to adopt a systematic process to maintain up-to-date information on all waterbird population estimates, trends and 1% thresholds through the preparation of a periodic EAAF Conservation Status Review. Draft Decision 12 Development of a Conservation Status Review of Migratory Waterbird Populations for the EAAFP has been submitted by Wetlands International with support from the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. Taej Mundkur will do the presentation.

On “International Single Species Action Plan for the Conservation of the Dalmatian Pelican”
The eastern population of the Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) is restricted to the East Asian – Australasian Flyway; breeds in western Mongolia and migrates to coastal China for the non-breeding period. The population is considered Critically Endangered with less than 150 individuals and requires urgent conservation action. The International Single Species Action Plan for the Conservation of the Dalmatian Pelican has been developed for joint adoption by the African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), Convention on Migratory Species, European Union and the EAAFP. The paper has been submitted by Wetlands International on behalf of the Seabird Working Group. Taej Mundkur will do the presentation.

Side Meetings

11 December, Tuesday

Strengthening Waterbird and Site Monitoring in the EAAF
Time: TBDVenue: Hotel bar and lobby of New Century Resort Hotel, Qizi Bay
Key point: Doug Watkins and Taej Mundkur will be participating in this event.

12 December, Wednesday

Flyway Bottleneck Yellow Sea Project
Time: 19.30-21.00
Venue: TBD
Key point: We will organise a special inauguration and planning meeting of the new Flyway Bottleneck Yellow Sea project with government agencies and potential partners. Know more about the waterbirds and their habitats of this project area from the publication Invisible Connection, a wonderful photographic journey that follows the migration of shorebirds flying from the Arctic through East Asia to Australasia.