December 6, 2007

Asian Waterbird Census

Several Mongolian rivers remain open and provide habitat
for wintering waterbirds. Khovd river, 31 Dec 2006. © A. Braunlich

The Asian Waterbird Census focuses on monitoring wetland and waterbird in January is the largest biodiversity monitoring programme in the Asia-Pacific region initiated in 1987. It has so far covered more than 6300 wetlands in 27 countries with active support by tens of thousands of volunteers. The AWC 2008 will be carried out from 5 to 20 January 2008; I would like to call you active participation to the census.

For more information on the AWC visit our website here. Download AWC guidelines and forms here.

Besides, the latest AWC newsletter (No.14, December 2007) is now available and can be downloaded from Wetlands International website.

The newsletter provides an update to the AWC since June 2007, highlights including the launch of the AWC strategy 2007-2015, alarming new figures for coastal waterbirds in Southeast Asia, AWC 2005-2007 results update, news of the AWC in the Asia-Pacific region, announcement of the International Black-faced Spoonbill Census and the report for the 2nd Meeting of Partners of the East Asian- Australasian Flyway Partnership.

Thank you very much and I look forward to a success and fruitful AWC 2008 with your great support.

Best regards,

David Li
AWC International Coordinator
Wetlands International

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