Part 6.  Waterbirds and people




Training course participants counting Eurasian Cranes Grus grus at Lake Zharsor, Kazakhstan © Crawford Prentice
Throughout the world, the conservation of waterbirds is essentially related to the management of human activities on an increasingly overcrowded planet.  A workshop on conflict resolution (6.1) reviewed a number of examples of conflicts between waterbirds and human activities which had been resolved to greater or lesser extent.  A particular emphasis was given to drawing wider lessons from these specific studies.
Communication, education and public awareness (Let the waterbirds do the talking 6.2) is a central activity for all forms of conservation, but one which is not always recognised or adequately funded.  The challenge of harvesting waterbirds (6.3) on a sustainable basis was reviewed by a number of case-studies.
A fundamental issue for most conservation programmes, not necessarily just those restricted to waterbirds is the need to build adequate and sustain adequate programmes of finance (6.4).  A specific workshop addressed this theme, looking in particular at innovative possibilities that might be available under other initiatives.  Alongside financial limitations, in many parts of the work there are limitations to human capacity to build and sustain waterbird conservation (6.5), a topic addressed in a specific workshop.



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