Russia and China discussed in Beijing the joint measures for migratory birds conservation
The meeting was held on 26 June in Beijing. It was attended by the representatives of protected areas from Russia and China, by academic institutions and NGOs.
During the meeting both sides reported about the work results in 2015-2017, discussed the priority bird species which require urgent measures for preservation, and elaborated a joint work plan for 2018-2020.
Yury Darman, included as an expert into the delegation of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, reported about the work for conservation of cranes and storks. In the Year of the Oriental stork — 2018 declared by WWF and the Amur Coalition of environmental NGOs, the efforts are focused on certain measures on research and protection of this rare bird. The joint stork survey with the unified methodology in Russia and China became the main event of the year. The results will be summed up at the international conference in Blagoveschensk on 15 September. The contribution to this work of the Federal Grid Company was especially highlighted. The company mounted more than 4000 anti-landing devices on the transmission towers and about 1000 special platforms for building nests.
The joint research studies of the Oriental stork migration are carried out under the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Honghe Nature Reserve (China), the Coordination Council of the directors of nature reserves of the Southern Far East, the United Directorate “Zapovednoye Priamurye” and WWF Russia Amur branch in April 2018.
A lot of efforts are put into environmental education. Let’s recall the first joint celebration of the Oriental Stork Day in Honghe Nature Reserve (China) with participation of Bastak Nature Resrve (Russia).
Many of critically endangered bird species such as white-naped crane, swan goose, bean goose, great bustard and even a small song bird bunting are inhabiting Zabaikalsky province.
Vladimir Andronov, the head of the United Directorate of “Zapovednoye Primaurye”, has shared an ambitious project on recovery of ibis in Russia, a Red Listed bird species that disappeared long time ago. Thanks to the support from China, this species is already recovered in Japan and South Korea. The construction of the breeding center is planned on the Bolshoy Ussuiisky Island near Khabarovsk. Ibis could become the flying symbol of cooperation between China and Russia!