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. Assist nomination of several key breeding and/or staging shorebird areas in the Russian far East as EAAF Partnership Network Sites with follow-up conservation actions 
    3. Encourage and assist in the nomination for the EAAF Partnership Flyway Site Network 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 improvement of protection of the Russian Far East intertidal shorebird stopover sites. 
    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. Support Singapore in its aim to help develop capacity for management of wetland and migratory birds in the region
    8. Cooperate with Singapore on the development of wide-scale International dialog focused on the conservation of Arctic migratory birds in South-East Asia
    9. Further develop the 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, including conservation of Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Japan and on the flyway and building on existing bilateral migratory bird agreements
    10. Work with relevant agencies in India, including the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, in consultation with other Indian research institutions to develop a project in Indian that would assess shorebird/wader conservation needs in the region. This project should be preferably linked to ongoing Arctic bird conservation activities happening in the Arctic, in which India would like to take part and also contribute to Arctic bird conservation on the flyways connecting India and the Arctic
    11. Coordinate 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

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. Work with the Indian Government (India the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India in consultation with Indian research institutions) to host workshop in Indian to assess the hunting or poaching of waders, and further assess and revise the conservation status of AMBI species wintering in India or in the region
    5. 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
    6. Support cooperation of Secretariats of the EAAFP and the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreements (see About 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
    7. Work with relevant partners to undertake a flyway level situation analysis on the illegal hunting, taking and trade of migratory birds in the EAAF

Work with partners to increase the number and quality of population estimates of Arctic breeding waterbirds in the East Asian -Australasian Flyway

  1. Work with EAAF Partnership, Wetlands International, range states and other partners to improve population estimates for Arctic-breeding waterbirds in the EAAF (as part of the Waterbird Population Estimates update process) through supporting collation of up to date information on estimates and trends
  2. Cooperate with the EAAF Waterbird Monitoring Task Force, and with Wetlands International, BirdLife International and Global Flyway Network and others to strengthen monitoring of Arctic-breeding migratory waterbirds along of the flyway, particularly in the Yellow Sea and Southeast Asia (e.g. through support to strengthening capacity and regular monitoring of key sites at multiple times of the year)
  3.  Cooperate with relevant partners to seek support for the Waterbird Fund ( to foster additional strengthening monitoring of Arctic-breeding migratory waterbirds in the EAAF


Improve management of waterbird sites throughout the East Asian - Australasian Flyway

  1. Cooperate with relevant EAAFP range state governments and other partners to extend the African-Eurasian Critical Site Network Tool 2.0 (CSN2.0) to the EAAF to develop, improve and promote the accessible inventory of nationally and internationally important coastal and inland sites for Arctic breeding waterbirds along the flyway

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/
Spoon-billed sandpiper
Lesser White-fronted goose: Morten Ekker
Lesser white-fronted goose

Curlew sandpiper


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