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Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy: 1996-2000

Wetlands International - Asia Pacific
International Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Bureau - Japan Committee (IWRB-J), 1996
ISBN 983 9663 18 6


Note: This publication has been superseded by Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy: 2001-2005

Annex 1

Summary statement of the "International workshop on conservation of migratory waterbirds and their wetland habitats in the East Asian-Australasian flyway"

"KUSHIRO INITIATIVE"
2 December 1994
Kushiro, Japan

The "International Workshop on Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and their Wetland Habitats in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway", held in Kushiro from 28 November to 2 December 1994, was attended by 92 experts and government representatives from the following states and territories: Australia, Cambodia, China (People's Republic), Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, Korea (Democratic People's Republic of), Korea (Republic of), Russia, Singapore, Thailand, USA, and representatives of Asian Wetland Bureau, Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention), Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), and Wetlands for the Americas. The meeting was organized under the auspices of the Environment Agency of Japan, the Australian Nature Conservation Agency, with assistance from the Asian Wetland Bureau, and the International Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Bureau Japan Committee: partial financial support was received from UNEP Regional Office for the Asia Pacific, and the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). It was held at the invitation of the Preparatory Committee for the Kushiro International Wetland Centre.

The meeting expressed its thanks to the local organisers and supporters for the excellent arrangements.

The meeting also congratulated the initiative of the Kushiro and other local governments in concluding a twinning agreement between Ramsar sites in the Kushiro region and Kooragang Ramsar site in New South Wales, Australia which is a model for establishment of a network of sites linked by migratory waterbirds.

This workshop discussed and exchanged information on the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their wetland habitats in the East Asian-Australasian region. Waterbirds are an important component of most wetlands ecosystems. They are of great value economically, culturally, socially and scientifically, and this value must be maintained through proper management. Thus it is important to properly conserve waterbird species and their wetland habitats. However, for migratory waterbirds, it is inadequate to take such actions in individual countries or regions. Rather, conservation actions require international cooperation throughout the flyway.

The workshop agreed the following aim:

To achieve this, the workshop:

  1. Recommended that countries in the flyway should enhance mechanisms for collaborative action to conserve waterbird species; identify and establish a network of sites critical for waterbirds conservation; and ensure the species are managed on a sustainable basis according to the "wise use" principles;
  1. Noting the important role of the Ramsar Convention in protecting wetland sites of importance to waterbirds, urged the Contracting Parties in the flyway to designate additional sites of importance for migratory waterbirds in accordance with recommendation C.5.1 of the 5th Conference of Contracting Parties;
  1. Noting the success of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network in facilitating the conservation of this group throughout the Americas, recommended the immediate establishment of an Asia-Australasian Shorebird Reserve Network, linking sites important for shorebirds on their annual migration between North Asia and Australasia;
  1. Recognizing the need for an improved mechanism for coordination of conservation action between flyway countries, recommended the development of a legally-binding, multilateral agreement;
  1. Endorsed the framework for a Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy for the East Asia-Australasia Region that will describe the principal issues and identified mechanisms to be addressed in preparation of an action plan for particular groups of waterbirds
  1. Approved the development of an Action Plan for the conservation of migratory shorebirds prescribing particular actions necessary to conserve the shorebird populations in the flyway;
  1. Adopted a timetable for implementation, and requested that parties report on progress by the time of the Conference of Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention in March 1996; and,
  1. Requested the organisers, on behalf of the Workshop, to convey and commend these recommendations to the countries in the flyway; and to assist in the location of resources for their implementation.