Conservation of the Black-faced Spoonbill

The Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) has the most restricted distribution of all spoonbills: confined to the coastal areas of eastern Asia. It is listed as an endangered species by the IUCN. Its main breeding sites are distributed along the west coast of Korea. The wintering sites are the southern parts of Korea, Japan, Taiwan, HongKong, China, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Recently 90% of breeding pairs were observed around Kyunggi Bay, South Korea. It means that the breeding sites are being centralized. In addition, Black-faced Spoonbills are suffered from environmental changes in the wintering grounds of many countries. Therefore an action plan for Black-faced Spoonbills is needed urgently to save their habitats, especially breeding and wintering sites. To conserve and their habitats and promote habitat restoration, we we need a proactive ecosystem approach: a strategy for the integrated management of habitats of black-faced Spoonbills in the internationally cooperative manner.

The poster session of Conservation of the Black-faced Spoonbill will facilitate cooperative works with countries having the reeding, wintering and stop-over sites. On the basis of local level conservation effort, we need to strengthen an international conservation network and find agreements including governments, experts, scholars, NGOs and local people from many countries.

Geographical scope:

South Korea, North Korea, China, Russia, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Thailand, Phillippines
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