Conserving wetlands for migratory waterbirds in South Asia

Judit K. Szabo, Taej Mundkur

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    Wetlands are highly productive ecosystems and provide many crucial services. Most waterbird species depend on wetlands throughout their life cycle. The Central Asian Flyway covers a large continental area of Eurasia bounded by the Arctic and Indian Oceans, connecting breeding grounds in Siberia and temperate Eurasia with nonbreeding grounds in West and South Asia. Species that breed in wetlands in the Arctic and northern latitudes of Central Asia migrate along different routes, stopping to rest and refuel in wetlands, grasslands and sometimes in deserts on the way to their nonbreeding grounds, where they spend the northern winter. Over 180 species of waterbirds use the Central Asian Flyway, among which are pelicans, ducks, geese, swans, cranes, waders (also called shorebirds), herons, storks and cormorants. Due to past and ongoing destruction, and degradation of coastal and inland wetlands, many of these species are now threatened with extinction. Strict habitat protection, adaptive management of both protected and unprotected areas (including managing water for wildlife) and, when necessary, restorations of wetlands are essential to maintaining functional wetland ecosystems and combating declines of wetland-dependent bird species. Most importantly, monitoring is crucial to guide effective management and conservation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWetland Science
    Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives From South Asia
    EditorsB. Anjan Kumar Prusty, Rachna Chandra, P.A. Azeez
    Place of PublicationNew Delhi
    PublisherSpringer India
    Number of pages23
    ISBN (Electronic)9788132237150
    ISBN (Print)9788132237136
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2017


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