Birdlife’s policy work in the Asia region is coordinated by the BirdLife Asia Partnership, and involves work with national governments, intergovernmental and regional bodies, and international conventions. With the support of the Asia Partnership and the BirdLife International Secretariat, national BirdLife Partners work with their governments to meet their obligations under international environmental agreements and conventions, to develop National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans, to build robust and representative protected area systems, and to identify candidate marine protected areas. 

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    Capacity Development - Asia

    Several Asian country Partners already stage annual festivals and other events which involve the wider public in the enjoyment and appreciation of birds and biodiversity. The regional Partnership will initiate regular "Welcome to the Birds/Migrant watch" events across Asia, and intends to engage many more people in common bird monitoring, urban birdwatching and citizen science, among other activities, including promoting the use of the World Birds Database across the region.
  • China Programme

    China has an incredibly diverse and rich biodiversity, but rapid economic development is placing increasing pressure on the country’s environment. Studies by BirdLife International and Chinese ornithologists have found 87 globally threatened bird species in China, and identified 512 Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas.
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    Climate Change - Asia

    Much of the Asia Partnership’s work to track, mitigate and adapt to climate change is based on the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) network. The Partnership is working to ensure that adaptive management approaches incorporating IBAs and the ecoystem services they provide locally, national and regionally are defined, recognised and implemented by all Asian countries which are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
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    Forests of Hope - Asia

    Asia accounts for around 37% of the global tropical forest biome, and forests are by far the most important of all habitats for threatened bird species in the Asia region. But between 2000 and 2005, just over one third of rainforest clearance worldwide took place in Asia, and forest loss in Indonesia alone accounted for 13% of the global total. The BirdLife Partnership is now managing 100,000 hectares of forest at Harapan, protecting around a fifth of the remaining lowland rainforest of Sumatra.