options for an international coordination of the conservation
and sustainable use of waterbirds and wetlands in the Central
Asian-Indian Flyway (CAIF) were discussed in a workshop in
Tashkent, Uzbekistan from 18-20 August 2001.
Government representatives, scientists and conservation
experts from 15 of the 21 Range States of the Central Asian-Indian
waterbird migration system, IGOs and specialised international
NGOs gathered in a meeting which was initiated by the secretariats
of CMS and AEWA, hosted by the Government of Uzbekistan
and organised by Wetlands International (WI). The event
was financed by the Government of the Netherlands, the United
Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the CMS.
The workshop was formally opened by Mr. Djumabekov, Chairman
of the Parliament’s Committee for Environment &
Nature Protection, the opening statements were given by
Dr Khalilulla S. Sherimbetov, Acting Chairman of the Uzbek
State Committee for Nature Protection and Mr. Arnulf Müller-Helmbrecht,
Executive Secretary of CMS. The secretariats of AEWA and
Ramsar Convention also made a presentation of their respective
Country reports made by the delegates showed that efforts
are being made by the countries to conserve and manage their
wetlands and waterbirds, in some cases with international
technical and financial assistance.
However, it became evident that a systematic transboundary
research, monitoring, conservation and management of the
158 waterbird species identified is lacking and urgently
needed. The delegates therefore appealed for the development
and early conclusion of an Action Plan for the entire migration
range. The meeting agreed on elements for such an Action
Plan. It requested the secretariats of AEWA and CMS to (1)
develop a proposal, with the assistance of WI and (2) to
elaborate a recommendation on how this Action Plan could
be linked to the AEWA and the Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird
Conservation Strategy (APMWC).
The CMS Executive Secretary argued that only a systematic
and sound research and monitoring of the species and their
habitat could lay the basis for a successful and at the
same time economic conservation policy. This and an agreed
shared utilisation by the Range States can guarantee their
sustainable use, which is urged by international law such
as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and - for
migratory species - the Convention on Migratory Species.
He is optimistic that such an Action Plan will attract sponsorship
from developed countries and international organisations.
Finally, India volunteered to take the lead in the further
development and consultation of the Action Plan, the Netherlands
provided the funds for the further work of WI to develop
the Plan and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan
was acknowledged for its effective hosting of the workshop.
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Countries and organisations represented:
Armenia, Bangladesh, People’s Republic of China,
Georgia, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia,
Pakistan, Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Turkmenistan,
and Uzbekistan as well as representatives from AEWA, CMS,
RAMSAR Convention, Wetlands International, WWF and International
Crane Foundation (ICF)
For the framework under which the Action Plan could be
developed three options were presented, i.e.:
1) attach the
Action Plan under the Asian Pacific Waterbird Conservation
Strategy (APWCS); (the APWCS is a non-legal binding strategy
developed, implemented and managed by Wetlands International);
2) develop and
conclude a new Range States’ Agreement under CMS;
3) extend the
area of AEWA and include the CAIF Action Plan.
The workshop was held in conjunction with the “Central
Asian Outreach Workshop” which provided for the AEWA
Range States in the region information on a project co-funded
by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and gathered ideas
and proposals on how the project can be further developed
and later on implemented.
Holding back-to-back meetings in Tashkent helped saving
funds and in gaining synergy.