Asian songbird crisis summit: Setting priorities to address the threat of songbird trade in the Greater Sunda region
Monday, April 6, 2015 at 17:54
TRAFFIC in Birds, Conservation awareness, In Asia, Pets & fashion

26th-29th September 2015, Jurong Bird Park, Singapore

Songbird-keeping as a pastime is firmly entrenched in local culture and tradition in many regions of Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia has one of the highest global demands and volume of domestic and international bird trade – involving hundreds of species and thousands of individual birds. The capture for the songbird trade is recognized as the single largest threat for many species in Southeast Asia, particularly the Greater Sunda region that comprises Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei and Malaysia. At the present time, there is a lack of regulation, monitoring and enforcement efforts of bird markets, trade routes and collection sites by the relevant authorities. There needs to be an increase in awareness of the species conservation needs’ amongst the public, government and conservation groups.

In response to this crisis, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, TRAFFIC, and Cikananga Wildlife Center, along with other international institutions, have joined forces to host Asia’s first Songbird Crisis Summit.

The Summit's main aim is:

To raise awareness and profile of the songbird trade crisis to enhance conservation and enforcement efforts for threatened species of birds

The major objectives of this Summit are:

Southeast Asian Songbird Working Group

Strategy Planning

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