The East Asian-Australasian Flyway – Opportunities to Support Wetlands, Livelihoods, and Biodiversity in East and Southeast Asia

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The East Asian-Australasian Flyway – Opportunities to Support Wetlands, Livelihoods, and Biodiversity in East and Southeast Asia

16 October 2020

 

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has heightened global awareness of the need to protect nature as well as people and address threats to biodiversity. Efforts focused on the protection of migratory waterbirds and their wetland habitats provide opportunities to help improve the protection of natural capital to benefit biodiversity and people. 

Many species of waterbirds conduct long-distance seasonal migrations, and rely on coastal and inland wetlands to rest and refuel. There are nine major migratory waterbird flyways around the world. The East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF) covers East and Southeast Asia and Australasia, extending across 22 countries from the Arctic Circle in the north to Australia and New Zealand in the south. Thousands of wetlands occur within the EAAF: these support over 50 million migratory waterbirds from more than 210 species, provide food and other resources for millions of people, and maintain essential ecosystem services such as flood regulation and carbon sequestration. Many of these wetlands and their biodiversity are under severe threat from agriculture, economic development, climate change, hunting, and other factors. National and international agencies are undertaking a wide range of efforts to conserve wetland biodiversity, yet these efforts are challenged by climate change, rising human populations, limited financing, and other issues. There is a need to scale up these efforts through multi-sector, regional initiatives that emphasize partnerships and the achievement of benefits for nature and people. 

International development agencies have traditionally had a relatively small role in biodiversity conservation, but this is changing, especially with the global drive toward “nature-positive” approaches for sustainable development. Regional flyways and wetlands are well suited to support from development agencies due to the potential for large-scale, multi-sector approaches involving biodiversity conservation, livelihoods, and sustainable development. 

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) working broadly with a wide range of partners is exploring the development of a regional program to support and enhance conservation and the sustainable management of wetlands in the EAAF. The program will be developed working with partners and aims to build upon and integrate into existing efforts, especially the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership, and will be implemented through collaboration with governments, other development agencies, and civil society. This webinar aimed discuss the challenges and opportunities towards strengthening regional action within the EAAF, focusing initially on the People’s Republic of China and Southeast Asia. The webinar summarized the context for waterbird and wetland conservation in East and Southeast Asia; presented brief case studies and lessons learned, including the role of development agencies; and introduced and facilitated preliminary discussion on the proposed program.

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
16 Oct 2020 Opening Remarks Qingfeng Zhang, James P. Lynch, Ramesh Subramaniam, and Patricia Zurita
16 Oct 2020 Session 1: Water bird and Wetland Conservation in East and Southeast Asia and Perspective from other Flyway Initiatives Challenges and Opportunities for Waterbird and Wetland Conservation and the Work of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP)
Building a flyway network of internationally important wetland sites that are sustainably managed is crucial in maintaining migratory waterbird...
Doug Watkins
16 Oct 2020 Session 1: Water bird and Wetland Conservation in East and Southeast Asia and Perspective from other Flyway Initiatives Waterbird and Wetland Conservation in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Lu Cai
16 Oct 2020 Session 1: Water bird and Wetland Conservation in East and Southeast Asia and Perspective from other Flyway Initiatives Experiences from the Africa–Eurasia Flyway David Stroud
16 Oct 2020 Session 2: Role of International Development Agencies: Case Studies AFD and Wetland Conservation in the PRC Xiaoting Jin
16 Oct 2020 Session 2: Role of International Development Agencies: Case Studies KfW and Wetland Conservation in the PRC: Case Study - Hengshui Lake Wolfram Erhardt
16 Oct 2020 Session 2: Role of International Development Agencies: Case Studies Integrated Wetland Management in the PRC
ADB has implemented engineering interventions to restore and rehabilitate wetlands in the People’s Republic of China.
Niu Zhiming
16 Oct 2020 Session 3: Towards a Regional Flyway Program Scaling up the East Asian-Australasian Regional Flyway Initiative
This presentation discusses the Scaling up the East Asian-Australasian Regional Flyway Initiative, particularly its two major components: investment...
Duncan Lang, Vinayagan Dharmarajah , Gary Allport
16 Oct 2020 Towards a Regional Flyway Program (National Agencies) Perspective from the PRC Hu Yuanhui
16 Oct 2020 Towards a Regional Flyway Program (National Agencies) Perspective from ASEAN Flyway Network
This presentation gives an overview about the efforts to improve biodiversity conservation of wetlands and migratory waterbirds in the ASEAN...
Shufen Yang
16 Oct 2020 Towards a Regional Flyway Program (National Agencies) Migratory Birds and Its Flyway Conservation and Management in Cambodia
This presentation tackles Cambodia’s efforts in flyway conservation and management.
Yoeung Visal
16 Oct 2020 Towards a Regional Flyway Program (Civil Society Organizations) International and Regional Perspective – Wetlands and Waterbirds Spike Millington
16 Oct 2020 Towards a Regional Flyway Program (Civil Society Organizations) International and Regional Perspective - Wetlands and Waterbirds
Learn more about the efforts of Wetlands International in creating a safe future for wetlands, biodiversity, the people in the East Asian-Australasian...
Taej Mundkur
16 Oct 2020 Towards a Regional Flyway Program (Civil Society Organizations) Blueprint for Coastal Wetland Conservation and Management in the PRC Jianbin Shi
16 Oct 2020 Summary and Closing Remarks Warren Evans
16 Oct 2020 Q&A (Session 3)

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