The fifth edition of the Waterbird Population Estimates (WPE) prepared by Wetlands International highlights that 212 of the 871 species are precarious and generally deteriorating. Of these, 28 are critically endangered.
This means that 24% of water bird populations are under a real threat with an average of 2% in a critical situation as reported in the 2012 IUCN Red List.
The fifth edition of Waterbird Population Estimates (WPE5) collates information on the distribution, status and population trends of 2,304 populations of 871 species of waterbird from 32 families. There has been an increase in the number of populations in the present edition due to the availability of ever- improving information about waterbirds.
Wetlands International and its associated waterbird Specialist Groups (jointly co-convened with the IUCN Species Survival Commission) strive to inform the conservation and sustainable management of waterbirds by making accessible a concise synthesis of the latest information on the status of waterbirds worldwide for their conservation and sustainable management. Hence, the International Waterbird Census (IWC) is implemented over the last five decades.
Besides its application in identification of wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar Convention, information in the Waterbird Population Estimates is applied for identification of a range of international site networks for waterbirds established under the EAAF Partnership; the Central/West Asian Site Network for cranes and other
Waterbirds established under CMS Conservation action for waterbirds and their wetland habitats has been promoted at the global level through the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). At the regional or flyway level, a variety of formal and informal multilateral and bilateral mechanisms have also been used to promote their management.
Waterbirds are an important component of wetland landscapes. Their beauty, rich diversity, abundance and migratory habits are closely linked to many of our cultural values and social practices.
Click here to read the Waterbird Population Estimates, Fifth Edition - Summary Report
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