BirdLife: The Magazine Apr-Jun 2018 - Page 22

A summit Flyways for the When the going gets tough… Migratory birds face a gauntlet of threats during their epic journeys. We’re bringing some of the great minds, stakeholders and actors in migratory bird conservation together under one roof for a Flyways Summit, in which session leaders attempt to answer the question: how do we best tackle the threats facing migratory birds? Ending the killing Bringing an end to the illegal killing/hunting of migratory birds Barend van Gemerden, BirdLife’s Global Flyways Programme Coordinator The illegal killing/hunting of migratory birds is a pressing global conservation issue of our time, and increasingly on national and international agendas, partly exacerbated by new technologies. In the Mediterranean alone, an estimated 25 million migratory birds are illegally killed or taken each year, and work elsewhere is revealing that this is a widespread issue. Birds are killed illegally for a variety of socio-economic and deeply- embedded cultural reasons, therefore, 22 in addition to the immediate need for effective enforcement alongside strong legislation, achieving zero tolerance of illegal killing calls for long-term change in the attitudes of people towards migratory birds and nature. All of these require long-term collaboration between many stakeholders, and we already have some inspiring successful examples to build from. Key partner: Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) apr-jun 2018 • birdlife April 23rd-26th 2018 Abu Dhabi, UAE