AWC Discussion Group

The AWC has an active and lively discussion group  that facilitates discussions between country coordinators and volunteers of the AWC and individuals interested in the Asian Waterbird Census programme. To join or find out more about the group click here 


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News from the 2015 census - Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Asian Waterbird Census Newsletter (Dec 2014) available now - Friday, January 09, 2015

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Asian Waterbird Census dates 2015 - Friday, January 09, 2015

The recommended dates for the AWC 2015 counts are Saturday 10 to Sunday 25, January 2015, 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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New data submissions - Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Carlo Custodio has provided January counts for 2008 and 2014


Hong Chamnan from the Wildlife Conservation Society has provided counts for 2014.


Kaori Tsujita from the Ministry of Environment has provided updated figures for 2008-2013.


Yeap Chin Aik from the Depart. of Wildlife & National Parks has provided information from the counts in 2010-2014.

Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force Bulletin - 10 year anniversary edition - Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Spoon-billed Sandpiper is the most critically endangered migratory waterbird species in the East Asian Australasian Flyway, with less than a few hundred birds alive.

Below is the link to the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force that has just published its latest news bulletin – and celebrates its 10th year of operation. They have good cause to celebrate, and report it well in this edition.

HKBWS China Conservation Fund - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

In order to promote bird studies and bird watching activities in China mainland, Hong Kong Bird Watching Society has established the HKBWS China Conservation Fund since 1999.

The aim of the fund includes:

  • To promote bird watching activities;
  • To facilitate observation and publishing of bird records;
  • To support ornithological researches directly related to conservation.

Small grants of up to HK$10,000 are offered to projects related to bird studies and bird watching. Fund applications are considered once a year. The deadline for applications is September 15th 2014.

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New data submissions May 2014 - Monday, June 02, 2014



Golo Maurer from BirdLife Australia provided shorebird counts from 2008-2013.

China - Taiwan

Dr. Woei-horng Fang from the Chinese Wild Bird Federation (CWBF) provided January 2011 counts.


Dr. Balachandran provided count information for Tamil Nadu.

Arun Bharos from the Chhattisgrah Wildlife Society provided January 2014 counts.


Mehrban Ali Brohi from the Zoological Survey Department, Ministry of Climate Change provided January 2014 counts.



Chilika gets ‘Destination Flyways’ tag by UN - Thursday, January 23, 2014

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has selected Chilika, the largest brackish water lagoon in Asia, as one of the eight global sites for development of sustainable tourism as well as livelihood of the local community that would help maintain its status as a destination for the migratory birds. - See more at:

News coverage of the AWC 2014 - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The annual waterbird monitoring programme provides great opportunity for local and national press coverage that highlight the beauty, diversity and abundance of waterbirds and wetlands, conservation challenges and opportunities. Attached are links to some of these articles:

Census reveals less diversity of migratory birds at Punjab's Kanjhli wetland

Hope floats to bring back birds to Ropar wetland, India

Mandarin Duck sighted in Manipur, India

Rare species, new sites found in in Balasore and Mayurbhanj, India

Spot-billed pelican at Polachira, India

Flamingo population increases in Rajasthan, India

Pallas’s Gull comes calling at Ramnad, India

Poor monsoon keeps birds away from Karikili sanctuary, India (this article is in Hindi)

Numbers down in Aakulam, up in Punchakara, India

Fall in numbers at Punchakkari and Vellayani, India

Fewer migratory birds visit Delhi, India

Waterbird census shows flock size has come down in Coimbatore, India

Waterbird monitoring: early steps to protect wetland habitat in Indonesia (this article is in Indonesian)

Big Bird Race in Mai Po Wetlands, Hong Kong

Announcement of  waterbird counts in South Korea (this article is in Korean)

Announcement of waterbird census in the Philippines

Asian Waterbirds Census in Balanga City begins, Philippines

Special informative press releases from Thailand (in Thai)

AWC India Data Entry Form - New for 2014 - Monday, December 23, 2013

For the AWC 2014 in India, we will introduce and test a new Excel-based AWC Count & Site Form to assist participants and state coordinators to enter and collate their information. The form can be downloaded here. Based on feedback of this new tool, we may extend this to other countries in the future.

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AWC 2013 Update and AWC 2014 Announcement - Monday, December 23, 2013

An update for 2013 - Regional coordination and data management developments  - Over the last year we have focussed on streamlining coordination of the AWC regionally through our office in India (Dr Ritesh Kumar and Kamal Dalakoti), with technical support from our office in the Netherlands (Tom Langendoen, Lammert Hilarides and myself).
   As a result, we have made progress in securing count information from most countries in Asia for the period 2008-2012 and also 2013 from many countries. A draft AWC 2008-2013 Annual Totals summary report has been prepared and sent to national coordinators for checking and submission of missing information. So if you have not sent your coordinator your counts for this period, here is a last chance! As national coordinators also take time to process data before they can send it to us, kindly send this soonest. We aim to finalise the report in early/mid 2014 and then make it available to you - thanks for your patience.
   For this year, we placed a focus on strengthening coordination in India from we have had the largest historic coverage and coordination mainly at the state (province) level. National coordination is now being jointly implemented by the Bombay Natural History Society and Wetlands International (through in our Delhi office) and we foresee this to facilitate improved coordination and coverage in the coming years. Already, we have been able to secure a backlog of count information from several states and greatly appreciate feedback from state coordinators and participants.
   For the AWC 2014 in India, we will introduce and test a new Excel-based AWC Count & Site Form to assist both participants and state coordinators to enter, check and submit their information quicker and more efficiently with the added aim of reducing data entry errors from submission of paper count forms. This may be downloaded from the Documents page of the website. Based on the feedback of this new tool, we may extend this to other countries in the future, if you would like to do so.

   Wetlands International has also developed a new online data entry system for national coordinators for the International Waterbird Census format being currently trialled for the African-Eurasian region during the IWC 2014. Our aim is to develop a prototype and trial this in for the AWC next year, subject to new resources being generated to support its development. 

Website and contacts – Information for the census has continued to be updated on the AWC website We welcome news, publications and other contributions to share through this website. A full list of AWC national coordinators (and state coordinators for India) is available on our website.
   We have streamlined all our communication through a single email address  which is automatically communicated to us in our whole team. So do use this email for all your communication to us.

Coordination coverage - The coverage for our AWC coordination regionally and nationally has come from core Wetlands International funds this year. As our applications for external funding made in 2013 have not been successful, and as a result we have not been able to implement all the activities we would have planned to support the census. We urgently need to identify additional sources to enable us continue our work and we appeal to our network to work with us to jointly identify new sources of funds to assist us to strengthen these activities.  

News from the rest of the International Waterbird Census programme

The Annual AEWC National Count Totals: 2010 has just been published that summarises the totals per country per species of all waterbirds counted under the International Waterbird Census in the African-Eurasian region. The 2013 report includes counts from 77 countries between 2009 - 2012. This report is in English and French. To download this, check out

   Also, the latest African-Eurasian Waterbird Census (AEWC) Newsletter, December 2013 has just been published and provides updates for other regions, including the AWC.

 AWC 2014

The recommended dates for the AWC 2014 counts are Saturday 11 to Sunday 26, January 2014, covering two weeks and three weekends, when we should encourage you and your network to count waterbirds. These dates are for guidance only and counts from any date in January are very welcome. As always we encourage consistent counting of the sites on an annual basis.  

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.

It has been a great pleasure working with you all this year. We trust that you are able to make use of the AWC results to support your conservation actions. We look forward to extending and enhancing our cooperation to improve the monitoring of our waterbirds and their wetlands in the coming years.

On behalf of the AWC Coordination Team seasons greetings and happy holidays to you all, merry Christmas to those who celebrate it, and of course, a great 2014 to you and your families.

With best regards,

Taej Mundkur

AWC Newsletter 19 (Dec 2012) - Friday, December 21, 2012

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

WI Launches 5th edition & 1st Interactive Online Database on Waterbird Population Estimates - Monday, September 03, 2012

 The condition of global waterbird populations is slightly improving, but is still in decline. The situation in Asia is alarming where 50% of all waterbird populations are in decline. These are the two key findings of the fifth edition of the Waterbird Population Estimates that Wetlands International launched on 8 July 2012 at the 11th Conference of Parties of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP11) in Bucharest, Romania.

The fifth edition is released as a user-friendly interactive online database . This provides universal access to all five Waterbird Population Estimates editions as well as the Conservation Status Review editions produced for the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement, as part of Wetlands International’s continuing commitment to supporting the Ramsar Convention and all those concerned with wetland and waterbird conservation and wise use.

This work has been made possible through the generous support of Environment Canada and the Ramsar Convention Secretariat and technical collaboration with BirdLife International and the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership.


WPE interactive database:

WPE launch press release:

Successful counting mission in Nepal - Monday, September 03, 2012

Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wetlands in Nepal (CSUWN) and Himalayan Nature teamed together to organize a Press meet to share the findings of the Midwinter Water-bird Count 2012 on 23rd March at Forestry Complex, Babarmahal. During the meet, the objective of the event was highlighted by Top B. Khatri, NPM, CSUWN. Findings of the Mid-winter Water Bird Count were presented by Dr. Hem Sagar Baral, National Coordinator of the count.The result showed a total of 81 species with a total population of 37154. The highest population of water birds were sighted in Chitwan (10721) followed by Jagadishpur (9150), Koshi Tappu (6395) and other sites like Lumbini, Pokhara, Ghodaghodi, Karnali etc. As per the individual bird species, Ruddy Shelduck duck (7552) was the highest among others including Coot (5857), Lesser Whistling Teal (5274), Common Teal (2354), Greater Cormorant (1692) and others like Pratincole, Gadwall, Cattle Egret and Moorhen.

The result when compared with last year site wise, this year in sites like Chitwan, Jagadishpur showed a remarkable increase while individual bird like Ruddy Shelduck, Coot, Lesser Whistling Duck also showed an increase. Similarly, decline in sites like Pokhara, Sukla Phanta & Koshi were observed while stable population was observed in Ghodaghodi, Badhaiya and Karnali. There was also a decrease in species like Little Pratincole, Gadwall and Comb Duck in this year count.

This count took place from 8 to 23 January 2012 covering five Protected Areas, Five Ramsar Sites spreading across fifty five sites of Nepal and is one of the largest participatory annual monitoring involving more than 200 volunteers. The count was supported by various organizations including the DNPWC, DoF, NTNC, CSUWN, BES, Tiger Mountain Group of Companies, BCN, Himalayan Nature and several community based grass root organizations.



Himalayan Nature:

Latest EAAFP newsletter now available! - Monday, September 03, 2012

 The latest edition of the East Asian Australasian Flyway Partnership is now available on the EAAFP website. You can subscribe to the newsletter by emailing Minseon Kim, Public Information Officer.


EAAFP newsletter:

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