The East Asian - Australasian Flyway (EAAF) stretches from the Russian Far East and Alaska, southwards through East Asia and South-east Asia, to Australia and New Zealand and encompasses 22 countries. The EAAF is home to over 50 million migratory waterbirds from over 250 different populations, including 32 globally threatened species and 19 Near Threatened species. During migration, waterbirds rely on a system of highly productive wetlands to rest and feed, building up sufficient energy to fuel the next phase of their journey. International cooperation across their migratory range is therefore essential to conserve and protect migratory waterbirds and the habitats on which they depend.
WWT’s work in the EAAF focuses on three key projects – saving the globally Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper and the inter-tidal habitats on which they depend, saving the globally Critically Endangered Baer’s Pochard and the freshwater habitats on which they depend, and working with the East Asian - Australasian Flyway Partnership to strengthen conservation along the flyway.