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.
This year’s theme is “Save migratory birds in crisis – every species counts!” It is closely linked to the International Year of Biodiversity declared by the United Nations for 2010. The theme is highly relevant to the plight of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Nordmann’s Greenshank, the two most threatened species of shorebird in the Asia Pacific. One other species highlighted in the context of this year’s WMBD is the Slender-billed Curlew with potentially less than 50 remaining worldwide.

The WMBD 2010 theme aims to raise awareness on globally threatened migratory birds, with a particular focus on those on the very edge of extinction – the Critically Endangered migratory birds. In line with the International Year of Biodiversity, the 2010 WMBD theme also highlights how migratory birds are part of the biological diversity of our world and how the threat of extinction faced by individual bird species is a reflection of the larger extinction crisis threatening other species and the natural diversity that underpins all life on earth.

With the massive loss of shorebird habitat in the Asia Pacific Region other species are in steep decline and may be heading towards endangered classification unless the governments of the region take decisive action to stop the breakneck speed in which habitat is being lost to coastal development and the drainage of wetlands.

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