Publications archive - Biodiversity
Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.
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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Note: This publication has been superseded by Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy: 2001-2005
To encourage conservation-oriented monitoring and research activities that will increase our ecological knowledge of waterbirds and their habitats. Basis for action A number of on-the-ground monitoring and research activities need to be continued and/or initiated in the Asia-Pacific region. They should be closely linked to assisting the achievement of long-term migratory waterbird conservation and management goals.
Identify priority research needs for the 1996-2000 period to achieve long-term conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats (in addition to actions outlined in E.2 to E.10).
Design and implement inventory, monitoring and conservation-oriented research activities based on identified priorities (refer to Objective I).
Review, develop and harmonize methodologies for monitoring, research and analysis to produce a comprehensive techniques manual.
Continue and refine existing waterbird population programmes (distribution, monitoring and trends), such as the Asian Waterfowl Census (AWC) and Australian Shorebird Population Monitoring Project.
Develop a breeding waterbird population census programme to complement existing population census programmes in the non-breeding areas (Objective E.4).
Develop a programme to extend the survey and evaluation of wetlands as sites of importance for migratory waterbirds and quantify benefits of well-managed wetland habitats.
Investigate critical habitat requirements, site-usage patterns and dependence of migratory waterbirds during their annual migration cycle in the Asia-Pacific flyways.
Develop a programme to assess the direct and indirect impacts of increasing economic development on long-term waterbird conservation needs and the success of existing and proposed conservation programmes.
Undertake a comprehensive review of information on migration systems of waterbirds in the region to refine our understanding of flyways for species/populations and identify gaps in knowledge.
Note: The review should take into consideration all published and unpublished information on marking, counting and surveys of birds produced in different languages.
Undertake international coordination of colour-marking schemes of migratory waterbirds to identify their migration patterns in the flyways of the Asia-Pacific and adjacent flyways.
Note: A number of waterbird marking and banding schemes operate in the Asia-Pacific region. While these schemes have been able to increase knowledge about migration, it has been recognised that there is no overall guidance on the development and implementation of schemes between countries. An increased level of cooperation and effective communication are necessary to maximize information generated by these schemes.