Enhancing the North-East Asian Ecological Network for Conservation of Endangered Birds and their Habitat

The nature and culture in North-East Asia is supported by one ecosystem. During last several decades, on the one hand, each country in this region has been accomplished rapid economic development, but on the other, it has the depletion of the natural resources and extinction of the species. Under this circumstance we need an integrated management system and network for conservation and restoration of endangered birds and their habitats in the region.

There have been existing many projects to protect and restore endangered birds and their habitats through international agreements and organizations. For example, the networks to protect and restore a single endangered bird species like Cranes, Black-faced Spoonbill, Swan Goose and Spoon-billed Sandpiper have been actively going on. Protected areas programs like World Heritage Site, Biosphere Reserve, Ramsar site and National Park system have been also carrying out. These activities, however, have been restricted to the particular area or particular period so that we need to build the integrated and continuous network for conservation of birds and their habitats in the region.

In conclusion, we would like to raise public awareness about the importance of one ecosystem of North-East Asia and propose the need of integrated eco-network and action plan to enhance biodiversity capacity in the region. The Knowledge Cafe will be an opportunity to initiate one more important step in the region where the nature and human-being have been pressured by highly political tension and sheer economic development.

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