and eco-tourism promoters from all over Asia and elsewhere
have their eyes on the Philippines, which is hosting Asia's
first-ever region-wide bird festival.
The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines said the First Asian
Bird Fair will be held in Davao City from 24-26 September
2010, tandem with the 6thPhilippine Bird Festival, the country's
premier avian conservation and eco-tourism event. The milestone
event is co-hosted by the Philippine Eagle Foundation and
the Davao City government.
The First Asian Bird Fair-themed “Nurture
Nature, Save our Future”—is a common initiative
of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, the Bird Conservation
Society of Thailand, the Chinese Wild Bird Federation, the
Wild Bird Society of Taipei, the Malaysian Nature Society
and the Nature Society (Singapore).
The Asian Bird Fair, which highlights the respective bird
festivals of the participating countries, seeks to enrich
eco-tourism through birdwatching and promote the natural and
cultural heritage of host cities.
The Asian Bird Fair and 6th Philippine Bird Festival will
be held at the Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao on 24-25 September.
Entrance to the Asian Bird Fair exhibit area is free of charge,
according to organizers.
Highlights of the fair include the Bird Conservation Forum
and turn-over ceremony to representatives of the Chinese Wild
Bird Federation, host of next year's Asian Bird Fair in Tainan
City. International and Philippine delegates will also tour
the Philippine Eagle Center and Eden Garden Resorts while
WBCP president Michael Lu said the fair will include photo
exhibits, presentations and fun activities for the young “and
young at heart.” Children can also look forward to a
guided tour at low tide of the tidal flats fronting the Waterfront
Insular Hotel, where children can have a close look at marine
species like fiddler crabs and mudskippers as well as spectacular
views of herons, egrets and shorebirds.
Lu expects the event to draw bird watchers, conservationists,
eco-tourism promoters, sustainable development providers,
and nature lovers from around the country, Asia and Europe.
Alice Villa-Real, chair of the committee
organizing the 1st Asian Bird Festival and 6th Philippine
Bird Festival., said the latest initiative is a significant
move to draw attention to pressing conservation issues.
“We can make a significant difference to protect the
rich bird life and habitats of our islands, whilst promoting
responsible enjoyment of nature and encouraging related sustainable
businesses in the local communities,” Villa-Real pointed
International groups participating in the
Asian Bird Festival are Chinese Wild Bird Federation, Bird
Conservation Society of Thailand, Malaysian Nature Society,
Nature Society of Singapore, Wild Bird Society of Taipei,
Shanghai Wild Bird Society, Wild Bird Society of Tainan, Hong
Kong Birdwatching Society, Asian Raptor Research and Conservation
Network, Borneo Bird Club, Hornbill Research Foundation, the
Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association, Bird Conservation
Nepal and the Oriental Bird Club.
Local organizations joining are Conservation
International, Katala Foundation, WWF-Philippines, Isla Biodiversity
Conservation, Birding Adventure Philippines, Kaakbay, Malagos
Garden Resort, Monfort Bat Cave & Conservation Foundation,
Philippine Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, Philippine
Wild Bird Photographers, My Zoo Foundation, Earth Island Institute,
City of Alaminos (Pangasinan), City of Balanga (Bataan) and
the Municipality of Candaba (Pampanga).
Event sponsors include the Philippine Eagle Foundation, the
City Government of Davao, Team Energy Foundation, Primer Group,
Aboitiz Power, Davao Light, Tanduay Distillers, Phoenix Petroleum
Philippines, Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Taiwan, Fauna
and Flora International, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, Philippine
Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, C. K. Lu Enterprises,
San Miguel Corporation, Smart Communications, Department of
Tourism, Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao, Grand Men Seng Hotel
and NCCC Mall.