14. – 15.05.2011 | UNEP/AEWA and UNEP/CMS: World Migratory Bird Day 2011. Show your support!

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The UNEP/AEWA and UNEP/CMS Secretariats, warmly invite you to take part in World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2011 which will be celebrated all over the world on 14 – 15 May this year. Please visit our newly launched WMBD 2011 website at: www.worldmigratorybirdday.org

This year’s campaign will focus on “Land use changes from a bird’s-eye view”. By highlighting this theme, UNEP/AEWA and UNEP/CMS want to raise awareness on the dramatic effects human land use has on migratory birds and the ecosystems upon which they depend.

Every year, more and more of the sites migratory birds need during their journeys either diminish or disappear completely. The majority of damage is caused by human use of land and has a direct impact on migratory bird populations, which are particularly sensitive to any interference to the sites they use throughout their migratory cycle. For example, urbanization, intensive agriculture and deforestation can all damage the complex networks of habitats migratory birds use along their annual migration paths. While human survival depends on these transformations of natural areas, a sustainable use of land is vital to reduce the impacts on our natural resources, such as water, soil, nutrients, plants and animals – including migratory birds.

Please join UNEP/AEWA and UNEP/CMS and others around the world and participate in World Migratory Bird Day on May 14-15, 2011 by organizing bird-watching events, educational programmes, lectures, art exhibitions and other public events. However you decide to participate, your contribution will help make this campaign a success!

UNEP/AEWA and UNEP/CMS encourage all event organizers to register their events on the WMBD website: www.worldmigratorybirdday.org

To help support WMBD 2011 events, they have produced posters, stickers and postcards (English-language versions are available). Free copies can be ordered from the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat and they are also happy to provide the original design files on a CD-Rom for translation or adaptation, as necessary.

World Migratory Bird Day is a global initiative devoted to celebrating migratory birds and for promoting their conservation worldwide. It is organized by the Secretariats of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) – two international wildlife treaties administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This year’s campaign is being financially supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).