November 14th, 2010

Welcome to the Asia Pacific Shorebird Network

The Asia Pacific Shorebird Network (APSN) has been formed as a result of a need to provide an avenue of communication between shorebird specialists, wetlands managers and conservationists throughout the Asia Pacific Region.

Although there are many national and international organisations involved with birds and/or conservation there has been no easy way for people concerned about the future of shorebirds across the region to work together and discuss their concerns or findings.

Training program in Sumatra in partnership with Wetlands Interantional. Image: © 2007 APSN. Press image for enlargement.

The APSN has grown from the activities of people dedicated to shorebirds and their conservation over the past 20 to 30 years. The driving force started with people in Australia (members of the Australasian Wader Studies Group) Malaysia (with the eventual formation of the Asian Wetland Bureau – now known as Wetlands Link Internationa) and Japan (wader enthusiasts).

Other groups have become involved from the USA (especially Alaska) and more recently China (Chongming Dao, Taiwan and Hong Kong) and Indonesia. However until now there has been no effort to link individuals and groups over the Asia Pacific region to work towards a common goal.

If you are interested in participating in the Asia-Pacific Shorebird Network, please contact Phil Straw .

Asia Pacific Shorebird News

October 25th, 2010

Birds Korea Blueprint for South Korea’s Yellow Sea coast.

The Birds Korea Blueprint 2010 is 160 pages, with over 200 spectacular images, including those by renowned photographers Richard Chandler (of Shorebirds of the Northern Hemisphere etc) , and Jan van de Kam (of Invisible Connections etc), as well as a host of domestic and overseas members. more »

October 20th, 2010

Wetlands International – State of the World’s Waterbirds: in trouble in Asia, recovering in ‘the West’

State of the World’s Waterbirds

These are the key findings of the State of the World’s Waterbirds 2010 launched by Wetlands International on 21st October at the Biodiversity in Nagoya, Japan. This publication analyses the changes in the status of waterbird populations between 1976 and 2005 using the data collected for the four editions of Waterbird Population Estimates published by the organisation since 1994. more »

May 8th, 2010

World Migratory Birds Day

The Asia Pacific Shorebird Network is pleased to support the Secretariats of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) in the announcement of the countdown for World Migratory Bird Day 2010. This two-day awareness raising campaign will take place globally for the fifth consecutive year from 8-9 May 2010.

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) aims to inspire people to take action for the conservation of migratory birds and encourages national authorities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), clubs and societies, universities, schools and individuals around the world to organize events and programmes, which help draw attention to migratory birds around a central theme each year. more »

February 2nd, 2010

World Wetlands Day

The 2nd of February each year is World Wetlands Day. It marks the date of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

The Ramsar Convention now includes 160 contracting parties and 1,910 Wetlands of International Importance with a total surface area of more than 186 million hectares and home to countless waterbirds. World Wetlands Day was celebrated for the first time in 1997 and made an encouraging beginning. World Wetlands Day 2011 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Ramsar Convention with the launch of ‘Ramsar’s liquid assets’ book.  more »