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Conservation action is already being taken for Spoon-billed Sandpiper in most of the range states where it occurs, with coordination by the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force which was recently established under the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP).

Russia: Scientists in Russia have been monitoring and protecting the important breeding population of Spoon-billed Sandpiper at Meinopylgino for more than 10 years, have conducted surveys and ecological studies at many other breeding and passage sites, and have published a series of important papers on the species. With support from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Birds Russia (Species Guardian for Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Russia) will continue the monitoring and wardening at Meinopylgino, survey potential breeding sites in northern Chukotka, address the threat posed by hunting of shorebirds in the Russian Far East and raise awareness of Spoon-billed Sandpiper and the threats that it faces.

Myanmar: In recent years, the Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association (BANCA, BirdLife Affiliate and Species Guardian for Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Myanmar) has worked with other members of the SBS RT on a series of surveys that discovered that Myanmar supports the largest known non-breeding population of Spoon-billed Sandpiper. They also found that shorebird trapping is probably a major cause of Spoon-billed Sandpiper’s decline, and have worked with the local communities to investigate the economic factors behind the trapping. To address this issue, BANCA is providing alternative livelihoods (or job opportunities) to bird trappers with the aim of reducing the trapping pressure.

China: With support from Disney Friends for Change, BirdLife’s China Programme is working with Wild Bird Society of Shanghai and Fujian Bird Watching Society on a project at Rudong in Jiangsu Province and the Min Jiang estuary in Fujian Province. This will monitor Spoon-billed Sandpiper and other waterbirds at the two sites, conduct awareness activities with local schools and advocate the protection of the inter-tidal habitats to the local authorities.

Thailand: In recent years, the Bird Conservation Society of Thailand (BCST, BirdLife Partner and Species Guardian for Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Thailand) has coordinated the monitoring of the non-breeding population of Spoon-billed Sandpiper in the country. In 2010, BCST and the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources prepared a national action plan for the conservation of Spoon-billed Sandpiper. BCST is working to promote the protection of Khok Kham and other key areas for non-breeding Spoon-billed Sandpiper in the Inner Gulf of Thailand, including by promoting their designation as new Ramsar sites.

Bangladesh: Bangladesh is one of the most important non-breeding range states for Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Bangladesh Bird Club, with help from the Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh, has regularly monitored Spoon-billed Sandpiper numbers. Projects have recently been conducted to investigate the threat posed by shorebird trapping and to implement mitigation measures to reduce the hunting pressure.

Vietnam: The BirdLife Vietnam Programme has been involved in monitoring and management of the Red River delta, which is the main Spoon-billed Sandpiper non-breeding site in Vietnam, including supporting the Vietnamese Government with the designation and management of new protected areas that will help protect the species.

South Korea: Birds Korea monitors shorebird numbers at Saemangeum, one of the most important sites for migrating Spoon-billed Sandpiper in the flyway, and other Korean wetlands. It works to raise awareness of the importance of Spoon-billed Sandpiper and inter-tidal habitats, and to strengthen the protection of the key coastal wetlands for shorebirds.

In addition to the countries and territories outlined above, conservation actions relevant to Spoon-billed Sandpiper are underway in the following range states, including shorebird monitoring and site conservation: Japan (by the Wild Bird Society of Japan, BirdLife Partner), Hong Kong (by Hong Kong Bird Watching Society, BirdLife Partner), Taiwan (by the Chinese Wild Bird Federation, BirdLife Partner), India (by Bombay Natural History Society, BirdLife Partner) and Malaysia (by the Malaysian Nature Society, BirdLife Partner).

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