中華鳥會新聞稿 For immediate release
New edition of Important Bird Areas in Taiwan describing 54 sites
launched by Chinese Wild Bird Federation at BirdLife International’s
Celebrating Nature Across Asia seminar
July 9, 2015
Today, at the Celebrating Nature Across Asia seminar in Singapore, the Chinese Wild Bird Federation launched the English version of Important Bird Areas in Taiwan, Second Edition. With support from the Forestry Bureau, Council of Agriculture, this new directory is the collective work of over 100 bird experts; it is the first revision in fourteen years and a critical milestone for the conservation of birds and biodiversity.
Important Bird Areas (IBAs) are the sites of most significance for birds that provide the focus for more detailed conservation planning through practical advocacy, action and monitoring. Selection of IBAs applies a BirdLife International approved internationally agreed set of objective, standardized criteria, based on the presence of bird species of world-wide conservation concern. To date, more than 12,000 IBAs have been identified in over 200 countries and territories globally.
First published in 2001, the original edition of Important Bird Areas in Taiwan covered 53 sites. Incorporating new and updated data, this new directory contains detailed profiles of 54 IBAs with the addition of Qieding Wetland, Kaohsiung City (TW054) and two prospective IBAs (Leshan, Taitung County and Fangyuan Wetland, Changhua County). In 2014, 285 endangered Black-faced Spoonbills (9.5% of the wintering population in Taiwan) were counted at Qieding Wetland, which is facing imminent threat from a road construction project. The Chinese Wild Bird Federation is working with local affiliates to ensure that the impacts of any development in this and other IBAs are given the necessary environmental considerations.
For years, Taiwan’s government agencies, legislators, non-governmental agencies, and academic institutions have collectively worked towards a consensus on ecological protection, from which produced legislation such as the Wetland Protection Act, Wildlife Conservation Act, National Park Law and Cultural Heritage Preservation Act, giving bird conservation a bright future. The new IBA directory will help realize the 2010-2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
Remarks Shih-Peng Tsai, new president of the Chinese Wild Bird Federation, “Birds are the best indicators of the health of our living environment. Protecting the important habitat of birds also secures the viability of biodiversity and ecosystem functions.”
Says Mike Crosby, Senior Conservation Officer of BirdLife International, “The new IBA directory provides vital information about the conservation of key sites for Taiwan’s endemic birds and the wetlands that support internationally important congregations of Black-faced Spoonbill and other migratory waterbirds.“
The Chinese Wild Bird Federation is a BirdLife International Partner (since 1996) and is the largest organization for bird conservation in Taiwan. Founded in 1988, the Chinese Wild Bird Federation has 21 regional affiliates and promotes the appreciation, research, and conservation of birds. Celebrating Nature Across Asia on 9-11 July, 2015 brings together partners of BirdLife International, the world’s largest nature conservation Partnership for the benefit of nature and people. At the focus of this seminar are lifelong conservationist Dr. Asad Rahmani and the new Chief Executive, Patricia Zurita.
Important Bird Areas in Taiwan, Second Edition may be purchased from the Chinese Wild Bird Federation or downloaded as a PDF:
Wayne Hsu, Conservation & International Affairs
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