World Migratory Bird Day 2023 was observed on 13 May this year with an aim to focus on the conservation of migratory birds.
An overview of the news
Migratory birds are those birds that migrate to other parts of the world other than their native places to escape the winter season.
Migratory birds travel thousands of miles each year, often facing numerous challenges such as habitat loss, climate change.
And illegal hunting along their journey.
Many migratory bird species are declining in population, and their disappearance can have significant ecological and economic consequences.
World Migratory Bird Day aims to promote international cooperation to conserve migratory birds.
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And their habitats through awareness-raising, education, and conservation actions.
Individuals can contribute to the conservation of migratory birds by taking simple actions such as reducing their use of plastic, supporting bird-friendly policies and practices, and reporting any illegal activities related to migratory birds.
Through collective efforts, we can help ensure the survival and well-being of migratory birds.
which play a vital role in maintaining the balance of ecosystems and sustaining biodiversity.
Theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2023 is ‘Water and its importance for migratory birds’.
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What is World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)?
It is a bi-annual global campaign organised to raise awareness about migratory birds, the need for their conservation.
And the importance of the preservation of their habitat.
It is celebrated on the second Saturday in May and then in October.
WMBD is organized by a collaborative partnership among two UN treaties – the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of
Wild Animals (CMS) and the African-Eurasian Migratory Water bird Agreement (AEWA), and the non-profit organization, Environment for the Americas (EFTA).
The 2022 global campaign is also being actively supported by other dedicated organizations.
including the East Asian Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) and Bird Life International (BLI).
Background of the day
The day was first initiated in 2006 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS).
Since its inception, World Migratory Bird Day has grown to become a global event celebrated in over 100 countries, involving various organizations, governments, and individuals.
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