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December 2017 (No. 50)

A Change for World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was initiated in 2006 by the Secretariat of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (UNEP-AEWA) in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) as an annual awareness-raising campaign aimed at people living in all the major flyways that highlights the ecological importance of migratory birds and calls for their global conservation through international cooperation.

With WMBD’s objectives in mind, the task of making the campaign truly global in its scope is certainly ambitious. Through the joint efforts of UNEP-AEWA, CMS, and with the East Asian–Australasian Flyway Partnership helping by taking the lead in the East Asian–Australasian Flyway, World Migratory Bird Day has continued to grow in its size and reach each year. Read more

Welcome (back) Hyeseon!

We are very happy to welcome Ms. Hyeseon Do as new EAAFP Program Officer, replacing Ms. Minseon Kim, who is studying for a Master’s degree at the University of Cambridge, UK. Ms. Do was selected from a very strong group of applicants for this position, reflecting the high profile of EAAFP as an international organization.

Hyeseon is very well known to us, having served as an intern at the Secretariat for six months in early 2014, with increasing responsibilities. At CBD COP 12 in Pyeongchang, Korea, she took charge of the logistics and program for the meeting, including the EAAFP exhibition booth. I remember that EAAFP was very involved in the meeting and had many different events and meetings scheduled, including the signing ceremony to welcome CBD as an EAAFP Partner. Hyeseon did a wonderful job of coordinating this, including making sure that the Chief Executive got to all his meetings on time! Read more

Partnership News

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Flyway Site Network

Asian Waterbird Census


Spoon-billed Sandpiper

From the Secretariat

Upcoming Events

2017-2018: Year of the Knots
2018: Year of the Birds
12 May and 13 October 2018: World Migratory Bird Day




  • 2: World Wetlands Day - Materials are uploaded!
  • 26 February - 2 March: Ramsar Pre-COP13 Asia Regional Meeting, Sri Lanka

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 Year of the Knots © Janet Essley/EAAFP
Photo/image credits:
Great Knot that travels © Shion Kinjo (8 years old for Knots Drawing Competition)
Hyeseon Do © Hyeseon Do
Far Eastern Curlew pin badge © Clinton Poletti
2018 Year of the Knots Calendar © Shinhye Han & Clinton Poletti
Richard Fuller © Bruce McKinlay
Black-tailed Godwit © Szabolcs Nagy/Wetlands International
Hudsonian Godwit © Luke Smithwick/USFWS
Russian Far East Shorebird Workshop © Jonathan Slaght, WCS
Birdwatching in Incheon © Minjae Baek/EAAFP
Asian Wetland Symposium side event © Eugene Cheah/EAAFP