[CBD Notification 2015-010] Request for updated information from Parties and partners on recent actions and plans related to the conservation of migratory bird species

The EAAFP Implementation Strategy 2012-2016 under Objective 1:Outcome 2 on the management of internally important sites states:


The conservation of migratory waterbirds should be enhanced through their integration into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), following guidance from CMS Resolution 10.18 “Guidelines on the Integration of Migratory Species into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and Other Outcomes from CBD COP10”. Indicators and monitoring mechanisms related to flyway conservation should be included in planning for national protected area systems and ecological networks, in line with Targets 11 and 12 of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets 2020 approved by CBD in 20102.


When the Implementation Strategy was approved at MOP6 in March 2012, CBD was not an EAAFP Partner. However, on 5th April, 2014, the CBD Secretariat became the 31st Partner of EAAFP, joining the Secretariats of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS).


Following the Caring for Coasts Initiative (http://www.cbd.int/doc/decisions/cop-12/cop-12-dec-19-en.doc) promoting coastal wetland restoration at CBD COP 12 in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea in October 2014, CBD has just issued the Notification (downloadable) requesting updated information from CBD Parties and partners on recent actions and plans related to the conservation of migratory bird species, encouraging CBD Parties to include actions to conserve migratory birds in the development and implementation of NBSAPs. As such, CBD Focal Points are encouraged to coordinate with counterparts from other Conventions and agreements. Since EAAFP Focal Points may be located in different agencies from CBD Focal Points, this notification offers a significant opportunity to further develop National EAAFP Partnerships in member countries to enhance conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats.




Request for updated information from Parties and partners on recent actions and plans related to the conservation of migratory bird species

Notification to: National Focal Points to the CBD, PoWPA Focal Points, relevant organizations


Dear Madam/Sir,

Reference is made to notification 2013-092 of 18 October 2013, which drew the attention of Parties towards the incorporation of objectives of the biodiversity-related conventions into revised National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and other issues of relevance to NBSAP revision identified by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).


In this connection, as part of the first Arctic Biodiversity Congress, organized by the Arctic Council’s Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group, a session on the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) was held in Trondheim, Norway, on 4 December 2014. AMBI’s objective is to improve the conservation outcomes of arctic-breeding migratory birds throughout their life cycle. As such, AMBI is breaking new ground for the Arctic Council by actively engaging relevant observer and other non-arctic countries and organizations to help implement, within four flyway-based work plans, conservation actions that need to occur both inside and outside of the Arctic.


The results and recommendations of the Arctic Biodiversity Congress, the findings and recommendations of the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (2013), the relevant mandates of recent meetings of the COP, including the Caring for Coasts initiative (paragraph 6 of decision XII/19), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), in particular COP Resolution 11.14 on the Programme of Work on Migratory Birds and Flyways 2014-2023, and the Ramsar Convention, as well as the plans of AMBI and the Global Flyways regional initiatives[1], have reiterated the importance and urgency of taking a global approach to migratory species conservation.


Accordingly, the three Conventions, with BirdLife International, Wetlands International[2] and CAFF have decided to jointly draw the attention of stakeholders and decision makers in range countries (which includes most nations in the world) to the critical importance of taking the full life cycle of migratory bird species into account when determining priority areas in need of protection and improved management and monitoring, and to invite Parties to send to the Secretariat ([email protected]) updated information on relevant recent actions and plans to fill the conservation gaps, by 16 March 2015, using the attached template as appropriate. Such information would be used to solicit technical and, as appropriate, financial support for their implementation. In preparing their inputs, focal points to the CBD are encouraged to coordinate with their counterparts from the other Conventions.


Parties to the CBD are in the process of, or have already revised their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs). Parties are encouraged to include actions to conserve migratory bird species in the NBSAP implementation process in order to fill gaps in protection and management of critical sites and habitats for migratory bird along all flyways (Aichi Biodiversity Target 11), to take prompt action to address immediate threats to critical sites and habitats for migratory birds and restore key stopover and feeding sites and habitats (Aichi Biodiversity Target 15), reducing the direct threats to species, such as illegal killing, unsustainable hunting, bycatch, poisoning, power lines, wind farms and other infrastructure (Aichi Biodiversity Targets 6, 7, 8, 9), contributing to preventing the extinction of known threatened species and improving their conservation status (Aichi Biodiversity Target 12).


The continued existence of these vulnerable migratory bird species rests in our collective hands.  We urge the nations fortunate enough to host these migratory birds in their flyways to take the urgent steps needed to ensure their conservation.


Please accept, Madam/Sir, the assurances of my highest consideration.


Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias
Executive Secretary


[1] The East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) and Site Network https://eaaflyway.net/; African – Eurasian Waterbird Agreement http://www.unep-aewa.org/; The Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network; http://www.whsrn.org/western-hemisphere-shorebird-reserve-network; Western/Central Asian Site Network for Siberian Cranes and Other Waterbirds  http://www.cms.int/en/legalinstrument/siberian-crane; Circumpolar Seabird Group  http://www.caff.is/seabirds-cbird

[2] http://www.wetlands.org/; and maps of flyways for waterbirds at http://www.wetlands.org/Whatwedo/Flywaysforwaterbirds/tabid/772/Default.aspx


Download the full Notification including a form of Improving coordination of Arctic migratory bird conservation : here 

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