WCC 2012 Res 026 - Activity Report

General Information
IUCN Constituent: 
IUCN SSC Network support team 2013-2016
IUCN Constituent type: 
IUCN Species Survival Commission 2013-2016
Period covered: 
Geographic scope: 
In implementing this Resolution your organization has worked/consulted with...
IUCN Members: 
BirdLife International / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Wetlands International / The Netherlands
IUCN Commissions: 
IUCN Species Survival Commission 2013-2016 (SSC)
IUCN Secretariat: 
Other non-IUCN related organisations: 
International waterbird census, African Eurasian Waterbird Monitoring Partnership (AEWMP), BirdsCaribbean
Indicate and briefly describe any actions that have been carried out to implement this Resolution: 
Convene stakeholders/NetworkingFollowing the Resolution there has been a renewed effort to improve coordination and support to national networks. The Ministry of the Environment of Japan, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment and Environment Canada have provided support towards regional coordination activities.
Education/Communication/Raising awareness2016 marks the 50th year of waterbird counting in the framework of the global IWC and to celebrate this landmark, a year-long global campaign has been launched in January 2016, aimed at raising awareness and interest and to promote conservation action at critically important wetlands for waterbirds along all flyways.
Field activitiesWaterbird monitoring is through the International Waterbird Census, coordinated by Wetlands International. Several Waterbird Specialist Groups are involved in monitoring. In addition, various local and national networks are involved in monitoring single threatened species. Several Waterbird Specialist Groups are involved in the implementation of monitoring work.
Please report on the result /achievement of the actions taken: 
See above.
What challenges have you encountered in implementing this Resolution and what measures have you taken to overcome them?: 
National capacity for monitoring of waterbirds varies considerably and needs to be strengthened, requiring long term and dependable resources. Additionally resources are required to support coordination at all levels - local, national and international. Additionally, plans are being developed for establishment of a global waterbird monitoring fund to support enhancing local monitoring networks.
Identify and briefly describe what future actions are planned for the implementation of this Resolution: 
Future ActionDescription
Capacity-buildingOptions to enhance implementation of the resolution through greater interaction with the Secretariat and Council will be explored.
Convene stakeholders/NetworkingAdditional resources are urgently required from IUCN members and others to strengthen national and regional coordination, fill geographic gaps to extend monitoring of critically important wetlands, improve quality and consistency of monitoring and strengthen reporting by the networks.
Field activitiesRegarding monitoring - Plans are progressing to promote a focussed effort on monitoring of coastal wetlands in Jan/Feb 2017 as part of the annual IWC. Linked to this is a plan for a more focussed Indian Ocean Coastal Count that aims to provide new information on coastal wetlands and waterbirds populations and conservation challenges.
FundraisingPlanning for the “Waterbird Population Estimates 6th edition” is underway and additional resources are required to undertake this work. The urgency of resourcing this has been raised at the 52nd Ramsar Standing Committee Meeting by the Acting Secretary General in 2016, a call that is supported by governments.
Scientific/technical activitiesAs per above - continuation of the same - e.g. monitoring.
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