East Asian-Australasian Flyway


Priority conservation issues and actions

Secure important breeding and staging habitats of key AMBI-EAAF migratory bird species in Arctic Russia and Alaska, with a focus on Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Bar-tailed Godwit and Dunlin.

    1. Improve conservation work on Spoon-billed Sandpiper in the breeding grounds.
    2. Document existence of important staging areas in coastal areas of Russia for priority species, and where possible encourage and assist their nomination as EAAF Partnership Network Sites with follow-up conservation actions.
    3. Encourage and assist in the nomination of important breeding and staging areas used by priority species in Alaska as part of the EAAF Partnership Flyway Site Network.
    4. Share experience and methodologies for surveying shorebird distribution, monitoring population size and trends, conducting demographic studies, and managing habitats of priority species and other migratory birds.

Secure intertidal and associated habitat for Arctic waders at key staging and wintering sites in the EAAF.

    1. Ensure protection of northwest Sakhalin and West Kamchatka coast, notably intertidal areas.
    2. Gather better information on spring and fall staging sites and requirements of Dunlin and Bar-tailed Godwits along western Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, coastal Bristol Bay, and northern side of Alaska Peninsula.
    3. Ensure protection of Jiangsu Coast ecosystem, especially Rudong and Dongtai area, for Spoon-billed Sandpiper and other Arctic shorebirds.
    4. Ensure protection of Luannan Coast especially Nanbao, Tanshan for Red Knot and other Arctic shorebirds
    5. Ensure protection at Yalu Jiang, Liaoning for Bar-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Great Knot and other Arctic shorebirds
    6. Support conservation of the intertidal areas on the west coast of the Republic of Korea for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Great Knot, and Dunlin.
    7. Coordinate the implementation of actions related to the conservation of intertidal habitats in the EAAF and support to secure more resources for the operation of the EAAFP Secretariat based in Republic of Korea. Details will be discussed with the CAFF secretariat in Iceland. 

Prevent illegal harvest and regulate unsustainable legal harvest of Arctic migratory birds, with a focus on Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Lesser White-fronted Goose, Bar-tailed Godwit, and other priority species.

    1. Support development and implementation of national and regional strategies and action plans for elimination of illegal harvest of birds in Russia.
    2. Conduct outreach; assess the magnitude and impacts of legal subsistence harvest on priority birds in Alaska, with a focus on Bar-tailed Godwits.
    3. Support development and implementation of national and regional strategies and action plans for elimination of illegal harvest of birds in China.
    4. Support Singapore in its aim to help develop capacity for management of wetland and migratory birds in the region.
    5. Cooperate with Singapore on the development of wide-scale International dialog focused on the conservation of Arctic migratory birds in South-East Asia.
    6. Initiate a dialog to promote cooperation on the conservation of Arctic migratory birds on the EAAF with focus on selected priority actions identified within this Action plan and building on existing bilateral migratory bird agreements.
    7. Initiate a dialog with India as Arctic Council observer with an aim to plan and implement actions to mitigate, reduce or eliminate illegal harvest of Arctic-migratory birds in India.
    8. To ensure implementation of actions on illegal killing and unsustainable harvest, raise funds to hire a full-time coordinator in the Singapore office of BirdLife-Asia
    9. Support cooperation of Secretariats of the EAAFP and African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreements (see AMBI African-Eurasian work plan for further details) to coordinate the work on Lesser White-fronted Goose conservation on East Asian Flyway via EAAFP Anatidae Working Group.


Priority species in the 2015-2019 work plan

Bar-tailed Godwit: USFWS/Flickr Creative Commons 2.0
Bar-tailed godwit (spp. baueri and mensbeiri)
Dunlin: shellgame/Flickr Creative Commons 2.0
Dunlin (spp. arctica)
Great knot: ken/Flickr Creative Commons 2.0
Great knot
Red knot: Morten Ekker
Red knot (spp. rogersi and piersmai)
Spoon-billed sandpiper: feathercollector/Shutterstock.com
Spoon-billed sandpiper
Lesser White-fronted goose: Morten Ekker
Lesser white-fronted goose





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