Science and Policy to Address Threats to the Afro-Palearctic Migratory Birds: new research and future policy

The decline in long-distance migrant landbird populations is an important, growing conservation concern. This has prompted much new targeted research but an overview and gap analysis is lacking. Here, science and policy experts will review recent advances and identify future science, policy and practice priorities at the flyway scale. These will be made available to science community through peer reviewed paper and policy through, for example, briefs for UN Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), the Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN Convention Combating Desertification.

This project is funded by the CCI Collaborative Fund for Conservation.

Project Aims

This collaborative project will synthesise new knowledge derived from (i) new and emerging tracking technologies (ii) field studies of migrant birds in Africa (iii) survey and demographic data from Europe (iv) remote sensed earth observation data of land cover change in Africa (v) new insights from the breeding grounds, (vi) new theoretical frameworks and (vi) links with social geography, aid and development communities. This knowledge will be used to identify future priorities for science and policy which will be communicated to key audiences through scientific publications and policy briefs aimed, in particular at international agreements CMS, the CBD, the UNCCD. 

Key Activities

  1. A systematic review led by established experts in these research areas identified as key.
  2. A two day workshop including expert scientists policy/decision makers in which scientists will present the ‘new knowledge developments’ (day 1) and a facilitated interactive session will be used to identify and agree future priorities for both science and policy. 
  3. The knowledge review and recommendations will be integrated into a scientific paper for an open access journal and provide the basis for policy briefs to raise awareness of results within international institutions and research organisations working in relevant areas (e.g. CMS CBD, UNCCD).
 

Conservation Impact

  1. The publication of a scientific review by recognised experts will have a strong influence on the future research agenda by identifying priority areas and developing new collaborations and partnerships. 
  2. The agreement of priorities by science policy and practice communities will enable more effective, coherent messages to be conveyed to policy at national and international level.
  3. The workshop and paper will empower a wider network to take action and highlight the impact of CCI as fulcrum for change and convening power.  
 

Outputs

  1. Contributes to the CMS to "Improve the Conservation Status of Migratory Landbirds in the African Eurasian Region" by, for example, “Research to identify population-specific migratory routes, connectivity, wintering and staging areas and habitat requirements” “analyses of existing datasets on individual bird movements” and “use of new tools and techniques to identify migration strategies”.
  2. Contribute to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 on sustainable management of ecosystems, combating desertification and halting of biodiversity loss. 
  3. Provide mechanisms for sharing lessons learned and approaches developed with key actors in other flyways. 
 

CCI partners Involved

BirdLife International is a strategic global partnership of conservation organisations in over 100 countries, working to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, and to promote...
British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is an independent scientific research trust specialising in impartial evidence-based knowledge and advice about populations, movements and ecology of birds and...
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. It is the largest wildlife conservation organisation in...
The Department of Geography's research clusters focus on society and environment, development and political ecology, culture and demography, environmental processes, landscape modelling and climate...