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From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 12:38:07 +1000
An interesting message that came into African Birding that some of you may be like to read.
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From: Tim Dodman <>
To: African Birding <>
Date: Friday, 31 May 2002 0:09

30 May 2002

Dear Afrincan Birding Network,

Request for assistance in compilation of global waterbird population estimates
Some of you will be familiar with the Waterbird Population Estimates database and publications produced by Wetlands International since 1994 under contract to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. We are now in the process of finalising the 3rd edition of Waterbird Population Estimates, and I am collating all the information for Africa. The final publication will list updated estimates of numbers and population trends of around 2000 populations of 840 species of waterbirds worldwide, including Africa's 545 recognised waterbird populations.The importance of this report is that it provides the basis for the 1% criterion under the Ramsar Convention, under which any site which regularly holds more than 1% of a waterbird population qualifies for inclusion on the Ramsar list of Wetlands of International Importance. It is thus an important conservation tool.

An updated consultation draft of the tables and supporting documents (including a list of specific assistance being requested) is available at .

I would like to invite you all to look at these tables and to review and update them with new information, taking special care to give the source(s) of that information and any methods used to interpret it. Please send me any comments or contributions and supporting information (such as reference sources etc) by 15 June 2002.  I will then make sure that we take full account of your input in production of the final population estimates for Africa. If you prefer not to access the web version, I can send you an Excel attachment (720Ko) of the tables, listing all the populations for Africa. Both versions should print easily. If you use the web version, you can easily pick out (and print out) individual families of waterbirds.

All contributors will be fully acknowledged in the book, and those sending in detailed / referenced contributions will receive a free copy of the final publication, which will be printed later in the year.

I look forward to hearing from you. Please get back to me by 15 June, as we must complete the final tables in time for incorporation into the AEWA* Action Plan, which is being finalised in July. If you are sending information in the post, please let me know by e-mail, so that I know it's on its way.

With thanks and best wishes,

Tim Dodman
Wetlands International
Papa Westray
Orkney KW17 2BU
Tel.  +44 1857 644 264
Fax. +44 1857 644 250

Latest: Consultation draft of the third edition of  Waterbird Population
Estimates now on line at

* AEWA = African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement
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