Asian Waterbird Census


The recommended dates for the AWC 2018 counts are Saturday 6 to Sunday 21 of January, covering two weeks and three weekends. These dates are for guidance only and counts from any date in January are very welcome.

If you have not participated in the census before, information and AWC count forms and guidelines are uploaded on the AWC website here. The Count forms are available in Excel and Word. The Count forms are available in Excel and Word. The standard IWC Count Methodology is available here. If you have participated in a previous count for a particular site, kindly cover the site this year and report on it using the latest forms. Please also report if there are few or no birds, as this is very important information too.

Kindly use the appropriate AWC Site and Count forms to report your observations and provide these by the end of February to your country/regional coordinators, contact details here. If there is no coordinator, kindly send your forms to 


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

Contact details

For more information on the

AWC, please email