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: 
2015
Geographic scope: 
Global
In implementing this Resolution your organization has worked/consulted with...
IUCN Members: 
Wetlands International / The Netherlands
IUCN Commissions: 
IUCN Species Survival Commission 2013-2016 (SSC)
IUCN Secretariat: 
No
Other non-IUCN related organisations: 
International Waterbird Census
Implementation
Indicate and briefly describe any actions that have been carried out to implement this Resolution: 
ActionDescription
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.
Field activitiesThe International Waterbird Census is globally and regionally coordinated by Wetlands International and implemented through national partners (either government or NGOs) with field work undertaken through local volunteer networks.
Scientific/technical activitiesWaterbird monitoring activities are promoted through the International Waterbird Census that is globally and regionally coordinated by Wetlands International and implemented through national partners (either government or NGOs) with field work undertaken through local volunteer networks.
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?: 
Increased networking (more engagement from IUCN Council and Secretariat), continuation of monitoring, additional fundraising.
Identify and briefly describe what future actions are planned for the implementation of this Resolution: 
Future ActionDescription
Convene stakeholders/NetworkingWhile stronger mechanisms exist in Africa-Eurasia, the major gap is Asia where more species are in decline and in the Neotropics were local capacity is weakest - this needs to be and is being addressed. More engagement of the IUCN Secretariat and Council is required.
FundraisingAdditional 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.
Scientific/technical activitiesRegular outputs of the waterbird monitoring are fundamental to improving estimates and trends of waterbirds and to support the IUCN Red listing. Planning for the “Waterbird Population Estimates 6th edition” is underway and additional resources are required to undertake this work.