Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Threatened Cranes the Focus at East Asian Crane Conference

Siberian Cranes are among the most threatened birds in Asia.

With the goal of drafting a 10-year Crane Strategy and Action Plan for the East Asian Flyway, more than 150 participants from Chine, Russia, Mongolia, North and South Korea, and Japan convened during a three-day workshop focused on four threatened crane species – Siberian, Red-crowned, White-naped, and Hooded Cranes. The international conservation event was held at the Beijing Forestry University and was jointly organized by the University’s Center for East Asian–Australasian Flyway Studies and the International Crane Foundation.

The theme “Year of the East Asian Cranes 2020” was introduced with the aim to bolster public, political, and financial support for cranes and wetland conservation. The workshop brought together representatives from the six Flyway countries, although North Korea was represented by a member of the Hans Seidel Foundation, who presented an overview of North Korean crane conservation efforts. Much of the workshop was devoted to developing long-term conservation strategies and action plans for the four threatened East Asian crane species. Participants of the four groups identified threats and opportunities for improved crane conservation and recovery.

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