A Summit for the Flyways

April 23rd-26th 2018 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Declaration of the Global Flyways Summit

Connecting Nature, Connecting People

 

From 23-26 April 2018, government, donor, private sector, research, NGO and international convention representatives, from more than 70 countries and 100 organisations, gathered in Abu Dhabi for the first Global Flyways Summit. This unprecedented meeting brought together actors and decision-makers from all eight flyways of the world to address the critical declines in many migratory bird populations. The outcomes of the Summit were informed by the release of the State of the World’s Birds 2018; of the world’s 11,000 bird species, one in five are migratory, of which nearly 40% are in decline, with one in nine being threatened with global extinction.

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Read more about the declarations and outcomes for:

Bustards

Vultures

Coastal Wetlands

Energy Infrastructure

Illegal Killing of Birds

Saker Falcon


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Flying into the face of danger News 12 June 2019
Shooting, trapping, poisoning – an average of 24 million birds are illegally slaughtered in the Mediterranean each year as they attempt their perilous migratory journey between Africa and Europe.
The Rufous-headed Robin is one of the most narrowly-distributed birds in Asia © Summer Wong
News flash: Rufous-headed Robin spotted for first time since 2016 News 4 April 2019
This secretive Endangered songbird has been spotted for the first time in three years, in the cloud forests of Malaysia – a completely new habitat for this species. Could this be its formerly unknown wintering grounds?
© Ramsar
Obituary: Dr Lew Young, CEO of East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership News 15 March 2019
The late Dr Young was a passionate conservationist whose work has greatly contributed to strengthening the conservation and management of wetlands across Asia.
Dr Bradnee Chambers, speaking at last year's Summit for the Flyways © IFHC
Conservation world mourns loss of environmentalist Dr Bradnee Chambers News 25 January 2019
The conservation world is mourning the passing of Dr Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary of the CMS. His leadership and vision have been instrumental in uniting the global conservation community to work together for the benefit of the world’s migratory birds and other species.
Migration is becoming more and more hazardous for birds © Amy Johansson
7 things we’re doing to protect migratory birds News 12 October 2018
This year, we held the first ever global summit for flyways conservation, uniting a panoply of countries and sectors. On World Migratory Bird Day, we’re sharing some of the most important decisions we made in order to ensure the miracle of migration will be there for future generations to enjoy.
The rufa Red Knot is a sub-species of Red knot that migrates through the Americas © Hans Hillewaert
Red Knots plummet by 25% in a year in Tierra del Fuego News 9 July 2018
For a while, it looked like they might actually be in recovery. But this year’s census of the American subspecies, the rufa Red Knot, found that numbers have plummeted to an all-time low. The likely cause? Food shortages in Delaware Bay, a crucial feeding stopover site on their migration.
Conservationists gather in Middle East to protect migratory birds News 14 May 2018
The first ever global summit for migratory birds brought together key players from all over the world in Abu Dhabi, UAE this April. In addition to global strategies, great progress was made in tackling threats to birds in the Middle East. Here are the main outcomes.
100 organisations from 70 countries gathered under one roof to tackle threats to migratory birds © Pawel Horazy
A Summit for the Flyways: our declaration News 27 April 2018
Today marked the end of a four-day global summit, which brought together key players in bird conservation from across the world to discuss one issue: how to protect migratory birds at every point along their epic journey. Here’s what we decided.
The summit will address how best to conserve the world's migration superhighways © Shutterstock
Everything you need to know about our upcoming Summit for the Flyways News 26 March 2018
This April, some of the greatest minds of the conservation world will assemble at a global summit in Abu Dhabi, to thrash out the issues threatening our migratory birds. Below, we give a summary of the pressing topics we’ll be discussing.
"Spoonie" Spoon-billed Sandpiper, a Critically Endangered migratory bird species © Pavel Tomkovich
How Small Actions Can Make A Big Difference News 15 December 2017
2018 will be “Year of the Bird”, thanks to an exciting new campaign with National Geographic, National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. We’re calling on you to “bird your world”, starting with discovering why your backyard is a jigsaw piece for an entire continent…
Once super-abundant, the Yellow-breasted Bunting is now listed as Critically Endangered  © Sergey Yeliseev
Is the Yellow-breasted Bunting the next Passenger Pigeon? News 17 October 2017
Wide-scale, unchecked hunting has, in the space of just three decades, driven frightening declines in two widespread bunting species, on both sides of the Eurasian landmass. Armed with our scientific findings, the BirdLife Partnership is now working to help buntings recover.