• EAAFP concludes MOU with the Korea South-East Power Co., Ltd. to support local NGOs for conservation of migratory birds and their habitats

    The East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) Secretariat and the Korea South-East Power Co., Ltd. (KOEN) has concluded a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support the activities of civil environmental organisations in Incheon for conservation of migratory birds and their habitats, on 9thAug, 2018. In Incheon Metropolitan City, there are several organisations working on the conservation activities for migratory water birds and their habitats. These include the Catholic Environment Network, Ganghwa-do Civil Network, People having healing hands, Green Korea United Incheon, People for Black-faced Spoonbill, Incheon Black-faced Spoonbill Network founded by Teachers in Incheon for environment and life; EAAFP Incheon-Gyeonggi Ecoregion Task Force who work with Incheon Metropolitan City, Incheon Institute, Incheon Wild Birds Research society, National Institute of Biological Resources, Korean Waterbirds Network, and Korea Institute of Coastal Ecology. Mr. Junseok Yu, the Vice President of KOEN said that KOEN appreciates of the chance to give devotion for conservation of environment. KOEN has been interested in cooperation social responsibility (CSR) as a public enterprise and is willing to fulfil the role, not only with financial support but with actions. Dr. Lew Young, the EAAFP Chief Excitative expressed his sincere appreciation to Mr. Junseok Yu for their generous support for the work of the environmental NGOs in the Incheon-Gyeonggi area. He said that these NGOs were made up by dedicated volunteers who work in their spare time to raise greater community awareness of the importance of nature in the area, and these organizations deserve our strong support. The ceremony was also attended by Mr. Ganghee Jo of Environmental Bridge, Mr. Soonrae Kim of Gang Hwa Civil? People?Network, Ms. Sunjung Nam of Incheon Black-faced Spoonbill Network, and Mr. Wonjo Yu of Incheon Metropolitan City. Under the MOU, EAAFP and Incheon Metropolitan City will host the international “Workshop on the design and future management of the proposed Songdo Wetland Centre”, inviting specialists and environmental organisations. Future projects include the monitoring for Black-faced Spoonbills, production of a biodiversity hotspot map for the Incheon-Gyeonggi area, education of eco-tour guides, and a ceremony to celebrate 10 years of the EAAFP Secretariat located in Song-do, Incheon, Republic of Korea.


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  • R.O. Korea to Restore 3㎢ of Tidal Flats from 2019-2023 at an annual cost of KRW 19.5 billion

    Translated by EAAFP Secretariat Original article:  5년간 갯벌 3㎢ 복원, 연간 195억 원 갯벌가치 되살린다   - The Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries established ‘Mid and Long-Term Ocean Restoration Plan (2019-2023)' - On 9th July, the Minister of the Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries (Mr. Young-Choon Kim) announced the ‘Mid and Long-Term Ocean Restoration Plan for 2019 - 2023’ that will expand the target area for tidal flat restoration projects, the reinforcement of project management system and enlarge the incentive in restored area to revive the value of tidal flats. The project will focus on the restoration of abandoned tidal flats, such as salt pan or fish farms, and will also recover the old and severed mudflat channels which, for example, have been cut off by bridges. The project will also prepare and distribute technical guidelines for standardized restoration projects to drastically reduce trial and errors that may occur in future projects. In 2010, the restoration project for tidal flat ecosystem was initiated but without a mid or long-term plan. As a result, the project ended with only nine sites being restored over a nine year period, covering 1.08㎢ of tidal flat and 3.4㎞ of tidal flat waterway. As a result, it was hard to feel the effects of the restoration project. Also, the project’s characteristics combined with various elements such as marine ecology, marine resources and civil engineering techniques made it difficult to design projects, execute construction projects, and secure budgets. In addition, some local governments were reluctant to carry out the project due to insufficient incentives for the area concerned. Under the new Plan, the Ministry included the mid-term plan for the new tidal flats restoration project to improve the proposed defects in the previous project and to vitalize the project more. According to the project plan, the Ministry will restore 23 tidal flats from 2019 to 2023 at an annual cost of (19.5 billion Won). Among them, 14 restoration projects will be completed by 2023, covering 3 square kilometers of tidal flats and 3 kilometers of tidal flat waterways. Restoration work on another nine sites will be completed by 2024-2025. The project will also promote sustainable tidal flat fishery and boost local customized ecotourism through branding the restored tidal flats that will benefit the local residents. Mr. Myoung, Ro-hyun (Director, Marine Ecology Division) said that, “By implementing the mid and long-term plan without any disruptions, we will revive the tidal flats by providing an average of 19.5 billion Won per year. It will be of help for the local economy as the enhancement of tidal flats, the fishery and ecotourism are expected by returning restored tidal flats to local people.” Meanwhile, the Ministry is in the process of legislating ‘Act on Sustainable Management and Restoration of Tidal Flats’ to maintain, restore, and use tidal flats with diverse functions and values, including the promotion of public awareness on tidal flats, designation of clean (uncontaminated) tidal flats, pollution purification, and restoration. Target Area List for Restoration Plan [Type of restoration] Mudflat restoration: restoration of mudflats left as abandoned salt pans or aquaculture farms by breaking dykes Seawater circulation (A): restoration of mudflats isolated by roads or bridges Seawater circulation (B): restoration of mudflats which have low rate of seawater circulation by structures such abolished seawall


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  • North-West Australia Wader and Tern Expedition 2019

    The Australasian Wader Studies Group (a special interest group of BirdLife Australia) has organized a series of special expeditions over the years in order to undertake comprehensive long-term studies of the waders and terns in North-West Australia. The next expedition will take place from 2nd to 24th February 2019. For more information, please download the PDF file below. Download the PDF here: NWA Epedition 2019 Introduction (666KB)


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  • Request for proposals: the grants for the “Recovery of Species on the Brink of Extinction” by National Geographic

    The mandate of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) is to “stimulate, promote and support conservation actions for halting biodiversity decline, preventing species’ extinctions, and restoring and conserving intact habitats and ecosystems, both on the ground and in the water”. In partnership with the IUCN SSC, the goal of this request for funding is to halt further biodiversity decline by implementing species conservation plans. We will support on the ground priorities of IUCN SSC Species Conservation Plans (e.g. Action Plans, Conservation Strategies, Population and Habitat Viability Assessments) as well as conservation actions that are endorsed by the relevant IUCN SSC Species Specialist Group. Applications must explicitly address priorities defined in published action plans, which you can find here and here. If no plan for a particular species has been published, the proposal must include a letter of endorsement by the relevant IUCN SSC Species Specialist Group, indicating that the proposal indeed addresses a priority conservation action. Funds are not restricted by taxon or region; proposals must include principal investigators or participants resident in the country where the fieldwork will be conducted and show indication of legal permission to conduct the work if funds are granted. DETAILS Proposals that focus on the following themes are encouraged: Specific and defensible priority actions to avert a species decline; Projects that include the active involvement of early career conservationists; Projects that support conservation leaders from the countries where the species occur Typical proposal requests should be less than $30,000; however, applicants may request up to $50,000. Successful applicants may use awarded funds over one or two years. Up to 20 percent of the total can be used as a stipend for the applicant and/or team members. (Please see the Preparing Your Proposal page regarding stipend eligibility and other budgetary guidance.) All applications should include a clear review of the state of knowledge about the topic and a plan for evaluating the outcomes of the proposed work. Preference will be given to proposals that include feasible plans to demonstrate change in key, quantifiable indicators of: for example, reduction in drivers of population decline (e.g. unsustainable hunting, fishing or logging); or increase in numbers, degree of protection, or connectivity of populations of the target species. For any questions, please write to speciesrecovery@ssc.iucn.org. When applying for this RFP, please select Wildlife in the Lens dropdown menu on the Project Description tab of the application. The deadline for application is 10th July with decisions announced by November. For more information, visit https://www.nationalgeographic.org/grants/grant-opportunities/species-recovery/


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  • NEW:KIT’s endangered bird species T-shirts / Eco-bags

    A Korean design brand NEW:KIT launched a summer 18’ collection inspired by 5 endangered bird species in the East Asian – Australasian Flyway; Red-crowned Crane, Black-faced Spoonbill, Saunders’s Gull, Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Bar-Tailed Godwit. T-Shirts, eco-bags and bracelets inspired by the listed bird species are available in the NEW:KIT’s online store.  EAAFP provided consultation to the company on the information of the listed bird species. More collaboration between EAAFP and NEW:KIT is expected to come.  T-Shirts Eco-bags & Pouch bags RED LIST PROJECT by NEW:KIT The RED LIST PROJECT by NEW:KIT aims to deliver the alarming message of endangered animal species by designing and selling clothing, bags and fashion accessories with witty graphics which come familiar to our daily life. http://new-kit.com


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  • Briefing on the Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and Wetland in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

    Figure 1 Group photo © Mijin Park/EAAFP On 11 June 2018, the “Briefing on the Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and Wetlands in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea” was held from 10:00h – 12:30h at Board Room, 8 Floor, G – Tower, Songdo, Incheon. The event was co-organized by the East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership Secretariat (EAAFP) and the Hanns Seidel Foundation - Korea (HSF), one of EAAFP Partner, which have interacted with DPRK by organizing events and supporting DPRK for raising public awareness on conservation activities for many years. The purpose of the Briefing was to understand the current circumstance in DPRK and discuss how we can cooperate and support them to conserve migratory waterbirds and wetlands in the future.  Around 80 participants attended the Briefing including representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries, Ministry of Unification, UNESCAP-Sub Regional Office, Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem (YSLME), Ramsar Regional Center – East Asia, NGOs, Research Institutes and other interested experts. The Briefing began with an opening from Ms. Hyeseon Do (EAAFP Programme Officer) and this was followed by four 25-minute presentations from four speakers respectively with simultaneous interpretation and Q&A session in the end. Figure 2 Dr.Lew Young   © Mijin Park/EAAFP Mr. Felix Glenk (Project Manager of DPRK, HSF Korea), started the Briefing with capacity building project in DPRK by HSF around Rason Migratory Bird Reserve. He detailed ongoing projects about reforestation and wetland conservation since 2015. He stressed on the importance of joint conservation works with various international organizations with the DPRK. Dr. Lew Young, (Chief Executive, EAAFP), presented the overview of the conservation of migratory waterbirds and wetlands in the DPRK with a focus of Mundok Migratory Bird Reserve [EAAF045]. He also noted that the DPRK has gradually acknowledged the importance wetlands and the need for their sustainable management since proceeding with various cooperative project from 2015. Figure 3 Dr. David Melville © Mijin Park/EAAFP The other speakers also assessed the DPRK is now putting more effort on conserving and ensuring the wise use of nature. Specifically, Dr. Nial Moores (Director, Birds Korea), who has a 30-year experience in the conservation of birds and wetlands in East Asia, pointed out their lack of their capacity even though DPRK has a lot of interest in conserving nature. He emphasized the need for cooperation among Northeast Asia countries to conserve the environment and make a sustainable management platform. Dr. David Melville, an ornithologist from Pukorokoro Miranda Naturalists Trust (New Zealand), also made the point of the value of the remaining tidal flats in DPRK not only for migratory shorebirds but also for people while explaining the shorebird surveys along the West Coast of the DPRK that a New Zealand team has been conducting since 2014.  In the discussions between the participants and speakers, the tidal-flat habitats around the Yellow/West Sea which is bordered by the ROK, DPRK and PR China, were acknowledged as being critically important as a resting and feeding site for millions of waterbirds during their annual migration each year. NGOs and relevant Ministries in the Yellow Sea countries were encouraged to continue, and even increase their efforts in supporting cooperation with the DPRK. DPRK become the 36th Partner of the EAAFP in April 2018. For more pictures: Click on Flickr Press Release in English: Click the attachment For more articles about the event: http://www.yonhapnews.co.kr/bulletin/2018/06/11/0200000000AKR20180611095200065.HTML?input=1195m http://www.segye.com/newsView/20180611007181 http://www.kyeongin.com/main/view.php?key=20180611010003799 http://www.kyeongin.com/main/view.php?key=20180611010003850 http://www.breaknews.com/sub_read.html?uid=582852&section=sc2 http://www.incheonilbo.com/?mod=news&act=articleView&idxno=814406#08hF http://www.ytn.co.kr/_ln/0103_201806111613135310 http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2018/06/11/0200000000AEN20180611009900315.html?did=2106m (For English)


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  • World Migratory Bird Day 2018 – Cambodia

    Primary School Student answered the question about migratory birds. ⓒ DoFWC, MOE/Birdlife/WWT/NatureLife Event Title: World Migratory Bird Day  2018 Cambodia Organizer: Department of Freshwater Wetlands Conservation, Ministry of Environment in collaboration with Department of Environment of Kampot Province and Pannasastra University of Cambodia(PUC) Number of Participants: around 300 people Summary: WMBD was celebrated on 9th and 10th May 2018 by Department of Freshwater Wetland Conservation of General Directorate of Administration for Nature Conservation and Protection, Ministry of Environment together with Environmental Department of Kampot province, and our partners who are working on natural resources and wetlands conservation and management organized awareness and education event "World Migratory Bird Day 2018" at Anlung Pring Protected Landscape where a flock of Sarus Crane and other shorebird such as Black-tailed Godwit using that area as feeding ground during their non-breeding period. University and primary students excited with awareness-raising activities. ⓒ DoFWC, MOE/Birdlife/WWT/NatureLife This awareness event, the World Migratory Bird Day 2018, organized for the purpose of increasing the awareness of natural resource management and conservation of migratory birds, to encourage the public, especially students, to love and protect migratory birds, and to encourage the public to participate in protecting the breeding and non-breeding  grounds of migratory birds. Many awareness-raising materials were designed and produced including books and banners. In addition, T-shirts were also designed and printed for students and related NGOs showing the massage of WMBD 2018 in the theme of "Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation". Leaflets about the impact of agriculture chemical fertilizer and pesticide on people, wildlife, and wetland were produced to be distributed to villagers for awareness of their fertilizer and pesticide usage. The education audio was recorded as awareness raising tools to play during the awareness parade.  University students learned about wetland ecology and how to identify the birds. ⓒDoFWC, MOE/Birdlife/WWT/NatureLife On 9th May 2018, participants and university students traveled to Anlung Pring Protected Landscape to learn about site conservation, ecotourism and bird identification. Site manager, partner NGOs and head of community based ecotourism briefly introduced site management, ecotourism operation and Sarus Crane conservation at the site. With guiding from conservationist, university students walked to the wetland station and learned about wetland ecology and using of telescope/binocular for birding. In addition, students also participated in finding birds challenge which was conducted in the wetland station where students able to spot birds through telescope and record the name of each species they found in the bird log. The winner who was able to spot most of the species was provided a reward after finished the challenge. H.E Chea Sam Ang, Director General of General Directorate of Administration for Nature Conservation and Protection, Ministry of Environment gave remark at WMBD2018. ⓒ DoFWC, MOE/Birdlife/WWT/NatureLife On 10th May 2018, WMBD event took place at Thmor Berk Secondary School located nearby Anlung Pring Protected Landscaped with 450 participants, including students, university students, local authorities, villagers, conservation NGOs. It presided over by H.E Chea Sam Ang, Director General of General Directorate of Administration for Nature Conservation and Protection, Ministry of Environment and there were 4 speakers coming from different institutions but work together to conserve wetlands and migratory birds. The key message delivered by the speakers focused on "Together to conserve Migratory Birds". The activities followed by the event included Question and Answer section to students, bird drawing competition, poem recitation, bird watching, and distribution of awareness materials. The event also involved awareness parade in and around the villages to distribute leaflets about the impact of using agriculture chemical fertilizer and pesticide to human, wildlife and wetlands. Participants get on tractors and some of them ride bicycles with the bird sign such as Sarus Crane and other waterbird species with the education audio being played. The parade started from Thmor Berk Secondary School along the village roads. It was not only for raising awareness to villagers about the impact of pesticide through audio and leaflets but also draw public's attention toward Sarus Crane and wetland conservation at Anlung Pring Protected Landscape. Students and participants joint the awareness parade on the impact of agriculture, chemical fertilizer, and pesticide to humans, wildlife and wetlands. ⓒ DoFWC, MOE/Birdlife/WWT/NatureLife The public event also captured and spread through Ministry of Environment and partner NGOs social media. The messages and the objective of this annual awareness event, WMBD, will reach more public attention toward conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. For more photographs, visit our Flickr album. For more footage, click here.  


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  • East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership Vacancy Announcement – IT Consultant

    EAAFP is seeking highly motivated individuals for the positions of IT and Website Specialist. Under the supervision of the Communication Officer and the Chief Executive of EAAFP, consultants will support the implementation of the Communication, Education, Participation and Awareness (CEPA) programme and activities of the Partnership. Here is the link for the position description, requirements and selection criteria.   Position: Consultant (IT consultant) Type of contract: 6 months contract Work percentage: 100% (full time) Languages: English and Korean  Deadline:  Expected start date: as soon as possible     How to apply   Those who are interested in working for an international organization in environment and nature conservation can send the set of documents to secretariat@eaaflyway.net with the EAAFP Job Application Form. Posting expires: Once the position is filled Email: secretariat@eaaflyway.net Location: G-Tower, Songdo, Incheon, Republic of Korea Please submit, CV/résumé EAAFP_Job_Application_Form A personal statement on the reason for applying and your career goal (up to one page) A reference letter (when requested)   If you have any questions, please send an email to danhak.gu@eaaflyway.net


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  • East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership Vacancy Announcement – Communication Consultant

    EAAFP is seeking highly motivated individuals for the positions of Communication Specialist. Under the supervision of the Communication Officer and the Chief Executive of EAAFP, consultants will support the implementation of the Communication, Education, Participation and Awareness (CEPA) programme and activities of the Partnership. Here is the link for the position description, requirements and selection criteria.   Position: Consultant (Communication consultant) Type of contract: July - December 2018 (6 months) Work percentage: 100% (full time) Languages: English and Korean  Deadline: 1 July 2018 Expected start date: July 2018   How to apply   Those who are interested in working for an international organization in environment and nature conservation can send the set of documents to secretariat@eaaflyway.net with the EAAFP Job Application Form. Posting expires: Once the position is filled Email: secretariat@eaaflyway.net Location: G-Tower, Songdo, Incheon, Republic of Korea Please submit, CV/résumé EAAFP_Job_Application_Form A personal statement on the reason for applying and your career goal (up to one page) A reference letter (when requested)   If you have any questions, please send an email to danhak.gu@eaaflyway.net


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  • World Migratory Bird Day 2018 – Indonesia

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