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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.

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