Oriental stork in focus of Russia and Korea cooperation
The preparation of the document was launched at the International Conference on the Oriental stork and wetlands conservation in the Amur River basin held in Blagoveschensk in 2018. At the conference organized by WWF Russia, the experts from Russia, China, Japan and the Republic of Korea summed up the results of the Oriental stork survey — 2018 and determined further steps on research and protection of the rare bird.
The Oriental stork is one of the rarest birds in the Russian Far East. It is endangered and listed in the Red book of the Russian Federation, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and Annex I of CITEC. More than 80% of Oriental stork nests are registered in the Russian part of the Amur River basin. Beyond the territory of Russia the bird breeds in the Northeast China, only single nests are recorded in Japan and South Korea, and winters in the Yangtze River in China.
For many years the nests of Oriental storks were destroyed, birds died on their migration routes and in wintering grounds in China killed by poachers or poisoned baits. Due to wide use of DDT in 1970s storks disappeared in Japan and Korea. At present, these countries put a lot of efforts and funds to restore its population.
Thanks to the signed MoU, new artificial supports for the Oriental stork nests will be mounted in Khanka Nature Reserve.
By signing the MoU three organizations decided to put joint efforts in international cooperation for Oriental stork conservation, in joint research projects with information exchanges organizing scientific and educational meetings.