Publications archive - Biodiversity
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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Note: This publication has been superseded by Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy: 2001-2005
The Strategy serves to identify conservation priorities for migratory waterbirds and their habitats in the Asia-Pacific region. It recognises the importance for governments, inter-governmental agencies, non-government organizations and local people to act in a complementary and cooperative manner at all levels. Priority actions identified in the Strategy would be implemented primarily using existing national and local resources. It recommends the utilization of proven coordinating and support mechanisms such as National Wetland Committees and Specialist Groups of Wetlands International. Implementation of the Strategy should incorporate the conservation of both migratory and resident species, as appropriate and feasible.
To ensure its success, the Strategy will be implemented at three levels:
It is envisaged that the implementation of species group- or species action plans and site networks will require the assistance of international coordination and technical committees. The precise structure and function of these committees will take into consideration the needs of individual action plans and site networks.
A Strategy Coordination Officer will be appointed by Wetlands International - Asia Pacific in conjunction with International Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Bureau - Japan Committee. The officer will be based at the Wetlands International - Asia Pacific Headquarters in Malaysia to promote and stimulate implementation of the Strategy and liaise with the relevant parties in the Asia-Pacific region. The Australian Nature Conservation Agency and the Environment Agency of Japan are currently examining opportunities for funding such the officer.
It has also been proposed that the Wetlands International-Asia Pacific Council establish a technical and coordination committee to oversee the implementation and review of the Strategy.
Implementation of priority actions identified in this Strategy will require considerable resources. A number of agencies and organizations are already undertaking some of these actions with funds from a variety of sources. Other actions may be supported through the re-allocation of existing resources. Additional financial resources will however be necessary to ensure timely and sustainable implementation of certain actions. It will thus be necessary to consolidate and expand current resource mobilization and fund raising activities.
The Environment Agency of Japan and Australian Nature Conservation Agency have already provided funding for the development of the Strategy. These agencies are keen to continue to work with governments and other agencies in the Asia-Pacific to implement the Strategy.
This Strategy will be implemented over a period of five years: 1996-2000. Much of the Strategy will be implemented through the species action plans and site networks. A detailed implementation plan will need to be developed in consultation with governments and NGOs to achieve broader aspects of the Strategy that are not covered by the species group action plans. This would also help to ensure a coordinated approach for all migratory waterbird conservation efforts in the region.
A report on the implementation of the Strategy and evaluation of its objectives will be prepared periodically. Information for the report will be collated by the Strategy Coordination Officer by soliciting reports from the various implementation agencies and organizations. The report will be reviewed by a technical and coordination committee (to be appointed) and be available for public information.
Progress reports will be presented at appropriate international waterbird- and wetland conservation conferences or meetings. During the final year, 2000, a comprehensive final report will be made. The report will be reviewed by the technical and coordination committee. Based on the evaluation of the success of the implementation of the Strategy, plans will be developed to carry the conservation initiatives into the 21st century.