Conservation without borders - solutions to declines of migratory shorebirds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway

Szabo, Judit K., Choi, Chi-Yeung, Clemens, Robert S. and Hansen, Birgita (2016) Conservation without borders - solutions to declines of migratory shorebirds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. Emu, 116 2: 215-221. doi:10.1071/MU15133


Author Szabo, Judit K.
Choi, Chi-Yeung
Clemens, Robert S.
Hansen, Birgita
Title Conservation without borders - solutions to declines of migratory shorebirds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway
Journal name Emu   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1448-5540
0158-4197
Publication date 2016-04-05
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1071/MU15133
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 116
Issue 2
Start page 215
End page 221
Total pages 7
Place of publication Clayton, VIC, Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Globally, populations of migratory shorebirds are threatened and declining rapidly. This is especially true for those using the East Asian–Australasian Flyway (EAAF), where loss of intertidal mudflats in crucial staging areas, especially around the Yellow Sea, is considered to be the primary driver of declines. The conservation of migratory shorebirds faces considerable challenges, including competing demands on wetland habitats, compounded by differing economic priorities, jurisdictions and attitudes towards wildlife among the countries along shorebird migratory routes. A key aspect of addressing these challenges is to protect more habitat and improve management of shorebird habitat, both in protected and unprotected areas. This ultimately requires stronger commitments from national governments, for instance by enforcing and strengthening multilateral and bilateral agreements. However, economic drivers for development erode the effectiveness of these policy tools. Here, we highlight the socio-political approaches needed to ensure implementation of conservation actions. The success of these actions will hinge on stronger engagement of citizens and governments in habitat protection and shorebird monitoring. One part of this strategy is to increase awareness in communities and governments of shorebird issues through international collaboration, knowledge sharing, capacity-building and support for local action (of both citizens and government officials). International actions mediated among flyway partners, for example bilateral agreements on the preservation of intertidal mudflats and co-funding to support this, are critical to halting shorebird population declines.
Keyword Habitat loss
Migration
Mitigation
Threatened species
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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