Here you can find relevant documents for the Asian Waterbird Census. This includes count forms and site forms for the various regions of the AWC. Please feel free to download and share these documents with your wider network. For documentation on the International Waterbird Census, please visit the IWC Waterbird Forum.

AWC Forms and Guidance

IWC Data Request Form & ToUPlease complete and return this form to apply for data from the IWC. Please note that we do not own the data held in the database, so we cannot provide sub-national data without permission from national coordinator(s). The document includes the terms of
Field Protocol for Waterbird Counting (V2010)A comprehensive guide to counting waterbirds for the International Waterbird Census
Digitise site boundaries for IWCGuidance on how to digitise site boundaries in Google Maps, Google Earth, Observado and the IWC online database.
AWC Site FormSite form for AWC
AWC Count Form (East Asia)Asian Waterbird Census: countform for East Asia (AWC)
AWC Count Form (SE Asia)Asian Waterbird Census: countform for South East Asia (AWC)
AWC Count Form (Australasia)Asian Waterbird Census: countform for Australasia (AWC)
AWC Count Form (South Asia)Asian Waterbird Census: countform for South Asia (AWC)
AWC India Data Entry Form 2017NEW!! For 2017 in India, we have an updated Excel-based AWC Count & Site Form for participants and state coordinators to enter and collate their information. The form may be downloaded from here.
AWC India 2016 Count & Site Form (Word)NEW!! For 2016 in India, we have an updated AWC Count & Site Form (Word file) for participants and state coordinators to enter and collate their information. The form may be downloaded from here. Only use this form if you are unable to use the Excel File

AWC Strategies and Reports

Asian Waterbird Census 2008-2015Asia has a high diversity of waterbirds, including an increasing number of threatened species, many at risk of extinction. Conservation of these species and their habitats needs to be based on quality and current information on their distribution and tren
AWC&WPE Report to EAAFP MOP8 Kushiro Jan 2015The report to the 8th Meeting of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) in Kushiro Japan provides an update of the AWC in the EAAFP countries covered by and plans for the Waterbird Population Estimates VI update
AWC Development Strategy 2007-2015 (2007)The strategy presented here provides a clear direction and way forward for all of us working with and for the census. The strategy is intended to function as a guide not only for Wetlands International and the organisations that coordinate the AWC in the
AWC Presentation to the 17 Goose Specialist Group 2014Strengthening monitoring of geese and other waterbirds in the East Asian-Australasian and Central Asian Flyways Presentation to the 17th Goose Specialist Group Meeting, Beijing, Nov 2014 (presented by Lu Yong)
Status of Waterbirds in Asia 1987-2007 (2009)This report summarises the results of the Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) from 1987 to 2007, comprising counts at 6,705 sites in 27 countries. A total of 1,387 sites met at least one of two criteria of internationally important sites according to the Ramsar
Results of the Asian Waterbird Census: 2002–2004 (2007)This report provides a summary of numbers and distribution of waterbirds and wetlands in the Asia-Pacific region during the 2002–2004 Asian Waterbird Census
Results of the Asian Waterfowl Census 1994-1996 (1997)The report summarizes information collected as part of the Asia Waterfowl Census for three years, 1994 to 1996, and includes data from countries in Asia from Pakistan eastwards and Australia. Data is reported from a total of 1,994 sites covered at least o
AWC Development Strategy 2002-2004 (2003)The Asian Waterbird Census coordinators have produced a strategy for development of the monitoring programme to strengthen local and national networks and regional coordination.
The Asian Waterfowl Census 1987-91: Distribution and Status of Asian Waterfowl (1994)Since the start of the Asian Waterfowl Census (AWC) in January 1987, a total of 3,109 wetlands in 32 Asian countries were counted at least once in the five northern winters 1986-1987 to 1990-1991, with over 86,000 counts of individual species obtained. Da
Asian Waterfowl Census 1993For the 1993 census, 1633 sites were covered in 32 Asian countries including New Zealand. Nearly 10 million waterbirds of 285 species were counted by at least 830 participants.
Asian & Australasian waterfowl census 1992Overall, 1862 wetlands were covered in 30 Asian countries including Australia and New Zealand during the 1991-92 northern winter.
Asian Waterfowl Census 1991This report summarizes its findings in the 26 participating Asian countries during the mid-winter (generally January) of 1990/1991.
Asian Waterfowl Census 1990In 1990 the fourth consecutive coordinated Asian Waterfowl Census was carried out, as a joint project of IWRB and AWB. This report summarizes its findings in the 28 participating Asian countries during the mid-winter (generally January) of 1989/90.
Asian Waterfowl Census 1989Annual report. Only in hard copy
Asian Waterfowl Census 1988Annual report. Only in hard copy
Asian Waterfowl Census 1987First annual report of the Asian Waterfowl Census. Covers South Asia. Only in hard copy

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Waterbird publications

Panduan Studi Burung Pantai

Pada tahun 1989, Asian Wetland Bureau (AWB – kemudian berubah namanya menjadi Wetlands International) menerbitkan sebuah buku berjudul “Shorebird Studies Manual” yang disusun oleh John Howes dan David Bakewell.  Adanya kebutuhan besar akan bahan ajar sejenis yang ditulis dalam Bahasa Indonesia telah mendorong penerbitan edisi ini. Sama seperti edisi aslinya, publikasi ini menyajikan panduan langkah demi langkah dalam melakukan studi terhadap burung pantai.

Annual IWC Count Totals: African-Eurasian Waterbird Census

This annual report summarises the totals per country per species of all waterbirds counted under the International Waterbird Census in the African-Eurasian region. The 2012 report includes counts from 72 countries between 2009 - 2012. The data in this report has been collected by thousands of individuals and collated by National Coordinators, whose names and organisations are listed in the file "Contributors".

AWC Newsletter 19 (Dec 2012)

AWC Newsletter #19, of Dec 2012 brings you up to date on progress of the AWC network over 2012 and looks ahead at 2013.

Waterbird Populations Estimates Fifth Edition

This is the Summary Report of the Fifth Edition of the Waterbird Population Estimates, whose main objective is to provide a global overview of the status and trends of world’s waterbird populations; one of the most remarkable components of global biodiversity. It accompanies the searchable online Waterbird Information Portal (, which provides unprecedented access to all the data and information from five editions, as part of Wetlands InternationaI’s continuing commitment to supporting the Ramsar Convention and all those concerned with wetland and waterbird conservation and wise use.

East Asian Flyway coastal wetlands face an ecological crisis

This leaflet presents information on the unprecedented loss of East Asian intertidal areas and the crisis facing waterbirds that depend on these habitats.

Eco-Virological Approach for Assessing the Role of Wild Birds in the Spread of Avian Influenza H5N1 along the Central Asian Flyway

A unique pattern of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 outbreaks has emerged along the Central Asia Flyway, where infection of wild birds has been reported with steady frequency since 2005. We assessed the potential for two hosts of HPAI H5N1, the bar-headed goose (Anser indicus) and ruddy shelduck (Tadorna tadorna), to act as agents for virus dispersal along this ‘thoroughfare’.

Migratory movements of waterfowl in Central Asia and avian influenza emergence

In this study, historical data derived from over 80 years of bird ringing are combined with recent satellite tracking data to delineate migration routes, movement chronology and habitat use patterns of waterfowl in relation to H5N1 outbreak locations. Results confirm migratory linkage between breeding and moulting areas in northern Kazakhstan and southern Siberia, with nonbreeding areas in the Caspian, Black and eastern Mediterranean Sea basins, as well as with South Asia. 



Flamingo Bulletin, Issue 18 March 2011

Lee, R., Arengo, F. & Bechet, A. (eds.). 2011. Flamingo, Bulletin of the IUCN-SSC/Wetlands
International Flamingo Specialist Group, No. 18. Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, UK.


Flying over an infected landscape: distribution of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 risk in South Asia and satellite tracking of wild waterfowl.

This study suggests that the continental-scale dynamics of HPAI H5N1 are structured as a number of persistence areas delineated by domestic ducks, connected by rare transmission through migratory waterfowl.

AWC Newsletter 18


In this edition, the editor & Asian Waterbird Census coordinator, Dr. Bharat Jethva updates the participants on the Waterbird Conservation efforts and related issues in the region. He also announces the dates for the AWC in January 2011.