Policy Development Work in Asia

Rice farmers Mae Wang Chiang Mai Province. Wikimedia
Rice farmers Mae Wang Chiang Mai Province. Wikimedia

BirdLife International’s policy work in Asia involves working in close collaboration with key BirdLife Partner organisations at the country/territory level, and with some intergovernmental bodies and other international groups to support policy development and advocacy work at the regional or global levels.  These include support for the effective implementation of the Convention on Biodiversity (UNCBD), the Ramsar Convention, the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS),  the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the East Asia Australasia Flyway Partnership (EAAFP).  

On the implementation of the UNCBD we work in partnership with the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity (ACB) and IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas in undertaking gap analysis of biodiversity using Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) data from BirdLife International. BirdLife Partners in the region work with specific Asian governments including the India, Philippines, Malaysia, Russia and Japan to inform their identification of potential marine protected areas (MPAs) as well as Ecologically and Biologically Sensitive Areas (EBSAs) through our marine IBA identification process. This directly contributes to meeting target 11 of the Aichi targets. 

Specifically, in the Philippines, BirdLife International is working with Haribon Foundation, BirdLife partner in the Philippines to develop the Philippines’ National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs). In Timor Leste, the IBA information has been used by the ACB to inform the development of this country’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans. We also work at the national level together with BirdLife Partners and other local, national and international organisations on policy agenda that supports the conservation of critically endangered and other globally threatened birds in Asia.  Examples of these include policy work in China, Myanmar, Thailand, India and Nepal urgently needed to conserve the Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Chinese crested Tern, both Critically Endangered birds and other flagship species such as the Black-faced Spoonbill.  We also support BirdLife Partners in national advocacy and in their engagement with international multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).