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Saving Wetlands Across Eurasia: Inspired by the Siberian Crane
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About SCWP

There are two phases to the SCWP. Sites under the most immediate threat or that are critical for the lifecycle and survival of the endangered Siberian Crane and a range of globally significant species, were addressed during Phase One (2003-2006). Sites under a less urgent level of threat, as well as the Phase 1 sites needing prolonged support to achieve conservation objectives, are being addressed during Phase 2 (2006-2009). Activities are occurring at regional, national and site levels.

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Regional level
activities focus on the development of wetland site networks, building capacity for the coordination of the flyway networks and applied field research in support of flyway conservation. The project is collaborating with other transnational flyway initiatives in implementing international conventions such as the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding concerning Conservation Measures for the Siberian Crane. A regional flyway coordination center has been established in Moscow as a means of facilitating cooperation and collaboration between various flyway initiatives. (See regional flyway coordination center).

» Regional Activities


National level activities are focusing on expanding the legislative and political framework for wetland protection and improving coordination of wetland conservation efforts within and beyond national borders. Countries are implementing measures to strengthen legislation, policies and plans; include biodiversity considerations to regional planning; monitor habitats and bird populations; train local staff, and educate the general public of the importance of preserving the functioning of these wetlands and the Siberian Crane.

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Individual sites involved in the project (see site accounts) are seeking to curb specific threats to wetland sites through a range of actions including engaging local communities in programs to develop more sustainable livelihoods; raising public awareness; building capacity for local site management; developing comprehensive management plans; and improving legal protection.

The 16 sites selected cover the whole migration cycle of the Siberian Crane, and are globally important for conservation; for example 8 are designated Ramsar sites (though all meet the Ramsar criteria), 3 are designated Man & Biosphere Program sites, and all sites are within some level of the respective country’s protected area systems. These sites also support at least 32 threatened migratory waterbird species, out of 50 species listed in the Asia Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy.


The full title of the project is “Development of a Wetland Site and Flyway Network for Conservation of the Siberian Crane and Other migratory Waterbirds in Asia.”


• International meeting launches SCWP final report Read full story

• Technical brief available on reducing Avian Influenza risks Learn more

• Bujagh National Park designated Ramsar Site, Iran Read more

• SCWP Unites Nations in Conserving Wetlands along Siberian Crane Flyways - Project Completion Workshop held in Harbin, China More details

• Seminar on International Projects Organized by Department of Environment, Iran Learn more

• Naurzum and Zharsor-Urkash Lake Systems Designated Ramsar Sites, Kazakhstan Read more

• SCWP receives extension for key project activities through 2009 Read full story

• Local NGOs discuss water resource conservation and climate change in Kazakhstan Learn more

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Last update: 29 October 2008

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