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Daily Current Affairs – 2020
Topic: For Prelims and Mains
Asian Water Bird Census
Why in News?
The two-day Asian Waterbird Census – 2020 has recently been launched in Andhra Pradesh.
In India, the Asian Aquatic Bird Census (AWC) is conducted annually by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and Wetlands International.
Under the Asian Waterbird Census (AWC).in January, thousands of volunteers across Asia and Australasia visit wetlands in their country and count waterbirds.
The AWC is an integral part of the global waterbird monitoring programme, the International Waterbird Census (IWC), coordinated by Wetlands International.
The AWC was initiated in 1987 in the Indian subcontinent .
The census covers the entire East Asian – Australian Flyway and a large part of the Central Asian Flyway.
Objectives of the Census:
To obtain information on an annual basis of water bird populations at wetlands in the region .
To monitor on an annual basis the status and condition of wetlands.
To encourage greater interest in water birds and wetlands amongst citizens.
Wetlands International is a global organization that works to sustain and restore wetlands and their resources for people and biodiversity.
It is an independent, not-for-profit, global organization, supported by government and NGO membership from around the world.
Facts for Prelims
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