Global Flyways

 

The JNCC is currently involved in preparing for a major international conference which will review the status of the world's waterbirds, their flyways and their threatened wetland habitats. This Global Flyways Conference is being jointly organised by the UK, The Netherlands and Wetlands International, and is being held in Edinburgh from 3 - 8 April 2004. It will also review activity during the 40 years that has passed since the first international meeting of waterbird conservations, which was held at St Andrews, in 1963. Along with addressing achievements of the last 40 years, the conference will identify the gaps and needs for initiatives to stimulate future conservation of the world's waterbirds, their migratory flyways and their important wetland habitats.
 
The conference is expected to attract around 500 participants from all over the world, including senior researchers, conservationists and government representatives. The UK Government and conservation agencies are providing financial support to allow participation at the conference by representatives from developing countries. This will ensure that there is a full global review of the measures needed.
Further information is available from www.wetlands.org./