Bonn, 05 October 2016 - The Migratory Bird Days are being celebrated from 8 to 16 October in the Wadden Sea National Park. More than 250 events will be organized along the coast of the North Sea and the Frisian Islands.
The Divjaka-Karavasta National Park in Albania cooperated with a number of NGOs to link the celebration of this year’s World Migratory Bird Day with Pelican’s Day and a local products fair. The aim of the event was to raise awareness about the importance of the conservation of the National Park and its flagship species – the Dalmatian pelican.
The Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary in cooperation with Birds South Australia (SA), BirdLife Australia, Nature Play as well as the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Natural Resource Management Board, organized a movie night and fundraising event on 10 May 2016, to mark World Migratory Bird Day in Adelaide.
The Sudanese Wildlife Society (SWS) held a one day workshop to mark World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) on 23rd May 2016 that was hosted by the Wildlife Conservation General Authority (WCGA). This year's theme on ‘ .... and when the skies fall silent? Stop the illegal killing, taking and trade' guided the discussions.
The University of Dar es Salaam, in particular the Department of Zoology and Wildlife Conservation, jointly with the Bird Environment and Community (BECO) Foundation and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, organized the celebration of a major World Migratory Bird Day event in Tanzania, which took place in Dar es Salaam on Saturday, 14 May 2016. The event was supported by an AEWA 2016 WMBD grant made possible through a voluntary contribution from the German Environment Ministry (BMUB).
Bonn, 23 May 2016 – Every year more than 25 million of migratory birds are illegally killed or taken across the Mediterranean. They are shot or caught with nets and other indiscriminate traps. With the slogan “… and when the skies fall silent? Stop the illegal killing, taking and trade!”, World Migratory Bird Day 2016 highlighted the incredible numbers of migratory birds being lost each year as a result of these activities.
In order to tackle the issue in a most efficient way, the Intergovernmental Task Force on Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds in the Mediterranean (MIKT) has been created under CMS to facilitate international cooperation. #MIKT. Read more about MIKT: http://bit.ly/1q3yimC
Nature Conservation Egypt (NCE), under the supervision of the BirdLife International Secretariat, has undertaken a socio-economic survey on bird hunting along the Mediterranean coast of Egypt, to understand the socio-economic dimensions of bird hunting, and assess the resource dependency and social resilience and communities’ ability to cope with any future changes in regulations and conservation strategies.
This year, the Gorontalo region in Indonesia hosts two events which are particularly relevant for World Migratory Bird Day. Indeed, it is the location where WMBD 2016 official trailer was shot, and where a registered activity is taking place on the 10 May for the first time in this area.
The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) announced today the creation of the Intergovernmental Task Force on Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds in the Mediterranean composed of Governments and the European Commission. UN organizations such as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), international environmental treaties, INTERPOL, law enforcement and judiciary organizations, hunting communities and nongovernmental organizations will also be part of the coalition.
UN calls for end to illegal killing, taking and trade of migratory birds
"Birds are small creatures but in their billions across the planet, they are part of our heritage and therefore our responsibility" according to UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. #WorldMigratoryBirdDay 2016 #stopillegalkilling bit.ly/1T8qo5V
"Migratory birds are symbols of the inter-connectedness of life on earth." says @UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon to mark 2016 #WMBD
All the activities organized for World Migratory Bird Day are united by a common theme. With the 2017 theme "Their Future is our Future", WMBD will throw light on the topic of "Sustainable Development for Wildlife and People". WMBD 2017 will highlight the interdependence of people and nature, and more especially people and migratory animals - in particular birds, as they share the same planet and thus the same limited resources. The 2017 campaign will aim at raising awareness on the need for a sustainable management of our natural resources, demonstrating that birds conservation is also crucial for the future of humankind.