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Publications archive - Biodiversity


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

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Note: This publication has been superseded by Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy: 2001-2005

Objective G - Increase of education and public awareness

To raise the level of public awareness of the importance of conserving migratory waterbirds and their habitats in the Asia-Pacific region.

Basis for action

Across the Asia-Pacific, there exist several successful national and local awareness programmes and activities linked to nature, wildlife and waterbird and wetland awareness and conservation. To increase the appreciation and conservation awareness of waterbirds and their habitats, it is important to expand existing public awareness programmes and develop them where necessary. Several national and international organizations, including Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, World Wide Fund for Nature and Wetlands International, have wide experience in this field and can be encouraged to undertake these activities.

Action G.1

Promote the value of conserving waterbirds and habitats, through the organization of public awareness activities, such as mass media and other campaigns, setting up bird-watching clubs and, at a local level, by using community facilitation processes and religious institutions.

Action G.2

Organize an Asia-Pacific Wetland and Waterbird Awareness Week to increase the conservation awareness and participation of local people. Note: Some countries already celebrate bird or nature days or weeks. It may be necessary to develop the proposed Awareness Week around existing schemes.

Action G.3

Promote the conservation of waterbirds and habitats as part of the school curricula and extra-curricular activities. Note: This will include development of a standard outline set of education materials for adaptation to meet local conditions and its translation into local languages.

Action G.4

Encourage the support and development of field centres at sites of importance for migratory waterbirds to stimulate the interest of local people and promote sustainable and environment-friendly ecotourism, provide education programmes for students, and organize training and scientific activities. Note: Successful "models" of field centres include the Yatsu Higata Nature Observation Center in Japan, Mao Po Nature Reserve in Hong Kong and Shortlands Wetland Centre in Australia.