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Russia and China discussed in Beijing the joint measures for migratory birds conservation

02 july 2018
The Oriental stork conservation issues were discussed at the Second Meeting of the Sino-Russian Working Group on implementation of the Agreement between the Governments of Russia and China on protection of migratory birds and their habitat.

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.

The protocol of the meeting is signed by Irina Artemuyeva, Department for International Relations of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia, and Chen Difei, Department of Protected Areas and Wildlife of State Forestry Agency of China
Participants of the meeting in Beijing
The Second Meeting of the Sino-Russian Working Group on implementation of the Agreement between the Governments of Russia and China on protection of migratory birds and their habitat
Yury Anisimov

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.

A special platform for building nests on transmitting towers
Anna Barma / WWF Russia

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. 

Oriental stork © Alexander Khitrov / WWF Russia
The workshop on satellite tracking of the Oriental stork © WWF Russia
“A unique joint research of migratory bird routes from the breeding sites in the Amur River and to the wintering grounds in Yantze, - comments Yury Darman, Ph.D. honourable ecologist of Russia, Senior adviser WWF-Russia. – As a chairman of the Russian Working Group on the Oriental stork conservation I would like to express sincere gratitude to our Chinese colleagues who handed over 80 GPS transmitters and carried out training for Russian specialists on mounting tiny devices on stork chicks.”

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.

White naped crane
Vasily Solkin / WWF Russia
“Most of birds breeding in Zabaikalsky province have their wintering sites and migration routes in China. Dauria Nature Reserve puts a lot of efforts in research and conservation of migrating birds. The monitoring over population is carried out during many years, the reasons for the decrease in the number of birds are clarified, measures for eliminating threats and preserving birds are developed and implemented. For example, the problem of mass mortality of birds on power lines is successfully solved, artificial nests are established, supplementary feeding for birds is carried out in difficult periods of the year. This work brings positive results. Thanks to the bird protection devices, we managed to stop the rapid decrease in the number of saker falcon; now the population of this endangered species on the planet in Dauria Reserve is increasing,” says Oleg Goroshko deputy director for scientific work of Dauria Reserve, a participant in the meeting in Beijing.
Swan goose
Oleg Goroshko / Daursky Nature Reserve

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!

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Senior advisоr WWF-Russia