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Friday, 9 May 2014

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2014, 10-11 May.

Every year on the second weekend of May people around the world gather to celebrate the World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) and take action to raise awareness of the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats. This year’s WMBD theme is “Destination Flyways: Migratory Birds and Tourism”, and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) are partnering with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for this special event.

Sustainable tourism has the potential to raise awareness and to generate revenue for improved management of biodiversity while creating employment opportunities for local communities and attractive experiences for tourists. On the other hand, without proper management, tourism can represent a threat to the migratory birds by destroying their habitat and by contributing to human overpopulation. As the demand for sustainable tourism products is growing and wildlife watching is becoming important in the choice of holidays, the objective of this Photo Competition is to highlight the links between migratory birds and tourism with a view to promoting best practices and reducing the negative impacts.
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