BirdLife: The Magazine Apr-Jun 2018 - Page 24

Flyways Summit Saving the glorious bustards Bustard conservation: Status, trends, progress and achievements Stuart Butchart, BirdLife’s Chief Scientist Whilst scientists can fathom the aerodynamics that enable the world’s heaviest flying birds to thrust into the air, the conservation of bustards needs an additional lift. Bustards are among the most threatened bird families in the world: 15 of 26 species are globally threatened, or nearly, with extinction. We will look at the conservation issues facing this group, review solutions to tackle habitat loss and degradation, unsustainable hunting, mortality caused by collisions with powerlines and other threats, and consider the role that captive breeding may play in the conservation of some species. We will also discuss how we can scale up action and strengthen international cooperation for their conservation. Key partner: International Fund for Houbara Conservation People power Capacity development for flyway conservation Julius Arinaitwe, BirdLife’s Director for Partnership, Capacity & Communities and influence will be aided through stronger collaboration and sharing of expertise. We will create a common agenda for developing conservation capacity along flyways that will select priority projects and identify how they will be implemented and funded. Everywhere migratory birds fly, someone will be watching. We need to build a bigger and stronger network of people and organisations taking action for conservation in every country along a flyway. Strengthening the existing network, and identifying and building expertise for countries currently under-represented, is a key response to tackling threats facing migratory species. Our effectiveness Key partners: Converge for Impact, Wetlands International, MAVA Foundation For the sake of falcons A global action plan for Saker Falcon conservation Nick Williams, Programme Officer - Birds of Prey (Raptors), CMS Saker Falcon Falco cherrug (Endangered) populations have suffered rapid declines driven by threats including electrocution on powerline poles, unsustainable trapping for falconry purposes and habitat degredation. Parties to the CMS adopted the Saker Falcon Global Action Plan (SakerGAP) in 2014. It brought together more than eighty countries, organisations, scientists, falconers and other stakeholders with the shared goal to re-establish a healthy, self-sustaining wild population throughout its range. The session will present an update of conservation actions, an outline SakerGAP Summary Implementation Plan with key priorities, and encourage collaboration and support across participating sectors. Convened by: CMS Raptors MOU At the Flyways Summit we will also launch our new report State of the World’s Birds: Taking the Pulse of the Planet, which shows that despite our best efforts, the status of the world’s birds continues to deteriorate. But as the saying goes, ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going’, and we hope that the Flyways Summit, like a migratory bird embarking on its tough journey, is a call- to-action for the world. 24 apr-jun 2018 • birdlife