Leaders of main national nature organizations from across Asia came together to work up plans for conserving biodiversity in the region at the BirdLife partnership meeting recently held in Bangkok, Thailand.
There were 26 BirdLife Partner representatives flying in from 13 Asian countries, along with 6 guests from Australia, Denmark, Bhutan and Netherlands to attend various discussions on biodiversity conservations.
Sharing views on the significance of the event, “Many of the conservation issues affecting biodiversity in our region are problems shared by all of us,” said Sarath Wimalabandara Kotagama from the Sri Lankan NGO FOGLS (BirdLife in Sri Lanka), and is also a global council member of BirdLife International.
“BirdLife is made up of many individuals and organizations. It’s important that from time to time we get together. It’s good to listen to each other and have shared goals,” the Sri-Lankan member adds.
The round table discussions at the meeting included topics such as the “Migratory Birds and Flyways Program,” “Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs),” as well as businesses and conservation and capacity development.
Other topics such as addressing the drivers of deforestation and a new regional program to tackle illegal hunting were also discussed.
With inspiration from the Netherlands, some Asia partners have declared their interest in starting an Urban Birds and Citizens Science initiative in their own countries.
Acting chief operating officer Hazell Thompson was heartened by the commitment and enthusiasm shown by the Asia Partners.
“I feel it was highly significant that delegates from all the Asia BirdLife Partners plus several Asian organizations intending to join BirdLife paid for themselves to attend the meeting. It shows they are committed to working together to tackle the ever-increasing threats to biodiversity loss in the region,” she said.
Haribon Foundation is the BirdLife partner in the Philippines. For information, visit www.birdlife.org.