Global Wader Decline

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Subject: Global Wader Decline
From: knightl <>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2003 18:07:35 +1000

Waders are declining worldwide
Conclusions from the 2003 International Wader Study Group1 Conference, Cádiz, Spain

A conference of the International Wader Study Group (WSG) was held in
Cádiz, Spain from 25–28 September 2003 and brought together 132
specialists from 20 countries to review the population and conservation status of waders (or shorebirds) around the world. The status of waders in all regions of the world was assessed using best available data and information. It drew on several major programmes that have compiled recent population data. In particular, a major WSG review of the status of waders in Africa and Western Eurasia has just been completed which
has collated extensive new data across these areas.
The majority of populations of waders of known population trend are in decline all around the world2 – a matter of international conservation concern. Of populations with known trends, 48% are declining, in
contrast to just 16% which are increasing: thus three times as many
populations are in decline as are increasing. The reasons for these
declines are diverse and poorly understood.

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