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.
(For more information on what we do: http://biodiv.unwto.org/content/flyways)
World Migratory Bird Day 2014 Spotlights Pioneering Sustainable Tourism Initiative - Joint Press Release (UNEP, CMS, AEWA, UNWTO, WMBD)
Statements and Videos :
Statement by Dr Hazell Shokellu Thompson, BirdLife International for the World Migratory Bird Day 2014
Message of Monique Barbut Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification on World Migratory Bird Day 10 - 11 May 2014