Gawin Chutime, Bird Conservation Society of Thailand
Dr. Charles Cheng, Chinese Wild Bird Federation
Andrew Sebastian, Malaysian Nature Society
Willie Foo, Nature Society of Singapore
Judy Ou, Wild Bird Society of Taipei
From: Mr. Michael Lu, President
- Wild Bird Club of the Philippines
Date: March 25, 2010
Subject: The 1st Asian Bird
Representatives of the Bird Conservation
Society of Thailand, Chinese Wild Bird Federation, Malaysian
Nature Society, Nature Society of Singapore, Wild Bird Club
of the Philippines had agreed in principle to establish, support
and promote an annual Asian Bird Fair. One other founding
organization, the Wild Bird Society of Taipei was not present
at the meeting.
The representatives were attending the 11th
Raptor Watch Week at the PNB Ilham Resort at Tanjung Tuan,
Melaka, Malaysia and met on 14 March 2010 to finalize the
draft agreement initially discussed during the 9th Thailand
Birdwatching Fair in November 2009 .
The objective of the regional fair will be
to promote friendship among Asian bird clubs, enabling them
to help each other promote birdwatching as an eco-tourism
activity and to share best practices and support environmental
conservation. Additionally, the Asian Bird Fair will promote
the host city – it’s natural beauty, eco-adventure
activities and cultural heritage.
The Asian Bird Fair will be held annually
in a different city and will take place in conjunction with
the club’s/society’s bird fair/festival/race.
Where possible, the host club will identify and champion a
local/regional environmental cause to be determined and supported
by the participating organizations.
The representatives also agreed on the minimum
requirements for an organization to host the Asian Bird Fair.
Details are indicated in the document, Agreement establishing
the Asian Bird Fair.
The representatives agreed that the Wild
Bird Club of the Philippines will host the 1st Asian Bird
Fair in Davao City on September 23-26, 2010 with the Chinese
Wild Bird Federation hosting the 2nd Asian Bird Fair in Tainan
City in 2011.
The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines is
partnering with the Philippine Eagle Foundation and the City
Government of Davao to host the 1st Asian Bird Fair. Furthermore
the Philippines’ National Ecotourism Council, held jointly
by the Department of Tourism and the Department of Environment,
has committed to support the bird fair by sponsoring a familiarization
tour to different birdwatching sites for bird tour operators
from the Australasian region. The tour operators will also
take part in the bird fair to give other participating birdwatching
organizations in the region an opportunity to promote their
birdwatching destinations as well.
In attendance at the meeting:
President, Bird Conservation Society of Thailand
Head of Communications, Malaysian Nature Society
Chairman, Bird Conservation Group
Malaysian Nature Society
Dr. Charles Cheng
President, Chinese Wild Bird Federation
Secretary General, Chinese Wild Bird Federation
President, Wild Bird Club of the Philippines
Head of Bird Group, Nature Society of Singapore