Waterbird Conservation for the Americas
Waterbird Conservation for the Americas (Conservación de las Aves Acuáticas de las Américas) is an independent partnership of individuals and institutions having interest and responsibility for conservation of waterbirds and their habitats in the Americas. The partnership was created to support a vision in which the distribution, diversity and abundance of populations and habitats of breeding, migratory, and non-breeding waterbirds are sustained or restored throughout the lands and waters of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.
In 2004, Waterbird Conservation for the Americas initiated a project to gather and assess information in order to strategically advance conservation for critically threatened waterbird species and sites in Central America, the Caribbean and South America. This information will be used to raise awareness among decision makers and representatives from key governments and non-government agencies of the increasing threats to waterbirds and their habitats, and to inform future monitoring and management of these resources throughout the entire Western Hemisphere.
- A summary of the state of knowledge relevant to waterbird conservation in Central America, the Caribbean, and South America (e.g., species occurrence, status, habitats and protected areas, threats, conservation projects, legislation).
- A preliminary searchable database and maps of priority sites for waterbird in the Neotropics.
- Completion of regional waterbird conservation plans for Central America and the Caribbean (to compliment regional plans completed for North America).
- Conservation action needs at no less than five priority sites identified and efforts to support these initiated.
- Key groups active in waterbird conservation identified and strategic links strengthened.
- Translation of the Waterbird Conservation for the Americas plan into Spanish.
- Enhanced cooperation amongst national and international agencies.
This project is administered by BirdLife International, under the auspices of the Waterbird Conservation Council, the guiding body for Waterbird Conservation for the Americas. NGOs in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean have been identified as country-partners to coordinate among the government agencies, other NGOs, and waterbird experts to compile national-level information. The project is funded by the U.S. Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act and supported by over 30 partner organizations.
The project is being coordinated by the BirdLife Partner in Paraguay, Guyra Paraguay, lead by Cristina Morales, and supported by Rob Clay of the Americas Secretariat of BirdLife International.
Species Programme Manager
Guyra Paraguay (BirdLife in Paraguay)
Dr Rob Clay
Migratory Bird Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Ian Davidson (Co-chair International Committee)
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