The East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) covers one of nine major global flyways of migratory waterbirds, protecting birds that migrate in East Asia from the Arctic in Siberia and Alaska all the way South to Australia and New Zealand and Bangladesh in the East. Launched in November 2006, the Partnership is an informal and voluntary initiative, aimed at protecting migratory waterbirds, their habitat and the livelihoods of people dependent upon them. There are currently 25 partners including 13 countries, 3 intergovernmental agencies and 9 international non-government organisations. The Partnership provides a framework for international cooperation to safeguard, protect, raise awareness and manage sustainably about 50 million waterbirds, including shorebirds, ducks, geese, swans and cranes – from over 250 different populations, including 28 globally threatened species. One of them is the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper. For this species and the Endangered Scaly-sided Merganser special Task Forces have been established to coordinate the conservation actions.