Asian Waterbird Census


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The recommended dates for the AWC 2017 counts are Saturday 7 to Sunday 22, January 2017, covering 2 weeks and three weekends, when we should encourage you to count waterbirds. These dates are for guidance only and counts from any date in January are very welcome.

Kindly use the appropriate AWC Site and Count forms to report your observations and provide these through your national coordinators. In India, kindly submit your count information to your state coordinators.

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Every January, thousands of volunteers across Asia and Australasia visit wetlands in their country and count waterbirds. This event is called the Asian Waterbird Census (AWC), which is part of a global waterbird monitoring programme, the International Waterbird Census (IWC), coordinated by Wetlands International. 

The AWC initiated in 1987 in the Indian subcontinent and has grown rapidly to cover the region of Asia, from Afghanistan eastwards to JapanSoutheast Asia and Australasia. It therefore includes the entire East Asian - Australasian flyway and a large part of the Central Asian flyway. The AWC runs parallel to other regional programmes of the International Waterbird Census of waterbirds in AfricaEuropeWest Asia, the Neotropics and the Caribbean.

The census has three major objectives:

1.  to obtain information on an annual basis of waterbird populations at wetlands in the region during the non-breeding period of most species (January), as a basis for evaluation of sites and monitoring of populations

2.  to monitor on an annual basis the status and condition of wetlands

3.  to encourage greater interest in waterbirds and wetlands amongst people, and thereby promote the conservation of wetlands and waterbirds in the region.

This website is the primary information resource for the AWC. For more information on the objectives, organisation, coverage, results and use of AWC count information, please see our Background Information page. Names, organisations and contact details of all the AWC national Coordinators can be found on the National Coordinators page. Relevant documents, including counting/site forms and various reports are available to download on our AWC Documents page. On the AWC News page you can find the latest news from the AWC network as well as past editions of the AWC newsletter.


AWC Region

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