The routes followed by migratory birds on their journeys between their breeding and wintering places are known as flyways. Three migratory flyways that cross Asia are West Pacific, East-Asian Australasian, and the West Asian flyways.
To ensure the habitat of these migratory birds, BirdLife works closely within the East-Asian Australasian Flyway (EAAF), as this flyway covers the majority of Asian partner-countries. BirdLife partners in countries and territories along the world’s great flyways are taking action by protecting chains of Important Bird Area (IBAs) used as feeding and resting sites by migratory birds. Working with governments, developers and funding agencies to reduce the impacts of infrastructure projects, such as windfarms and power distribution networks, on migratory birds is being done by the organization.
The EAAF extends from within the Arctic Circle, through east and Southeast Asia, to Australia and New Zealand, stretching across 22 countries. Thousands of birds of at least 178 species use this migration path every year.
This flyway is used by more waterbird species in total, and more endangered or near-threatened species of 34 species, with 19 percent of the total than any other of the world’s flyways. In addition, 21 species of migratory birds have more than 95 percent of their entire global population within the EAAF, including the Spoon-billed Sandpiper or the eurynorhynchus pygmeus and Chinese Crested Tern sterna bernsteini that are both critically endangered.
Of the 22 countries within the EAAF, BirdLife has partners in 17, and works with local organizations in four more. International collaboration is the only way to conserve migratory birds as they pass along their international flyways. BirdLife will continue to work with partners and local organizations in countries across Asia to conserve critical migratory bird habitat all along the flyways.
This partnership has produced international species action plans for several of the threatened species that use the flyway. It working with governments and civil society organizations to raise awareness of the importance of coastal wetlands as staging sites for migratory birds, which is an irreplaceable source of ecosystem services and livelihoods.
In the Philippines, BirdLife partners with the Haribon Foundation to protect the country’s IBA. To raise awareness of the importance of such species, the organization will be holding its Bird Kite Festival to welcome the migratory birds on October 25 at Burnham Green, Rizal Park, Manila from 2 p.m. to 6p.m.
In this activity, participants will design and fly a kite, learn more about the Philippine biodiversity through video presentations, storytelling sessions, origami and coloring activities, make a pledge to the Philippine environment, and meet Haribon ambassadors.