News ID: 174220
Published: 0344 GMT December 21, 2016

Iran's western wetlands host over 150,000 migratory birds

Iran's western wetlands host over 150,000 migratory birds

Over 150,000 aquatic and flock birds arrived in Choghakhor and Gandoman wetlands in Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari Province in the west of Iran, said the head of Borujen Department of the Environment.

Morteza Mansouri further said, “With the onset of cold season in Siberia and Central Asia, migratory birds embarking on annual migration to the tropics of the Persian Gulf arrived in the wetlands of the province, IRNA wrote.

"Ducks, Eurasian coots, herons and swallows constitute a majority of the migratory birds," he added.

He said that his organization is constantly monitoring the movement of the birds and checking their health.

Choghakhor and Gandoman wetlands are located to the south of Borujen, Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari Province.

Scientists have called for a greater international collaboration to save the world's migratory birds, many of which are at risk of extinction due to loss of habitat along their flight routes.

More than 90 percent of the world's migratory birds are inadequately protected due to poorly coordinated conservation around the world, a study published in the journal Science revealed.

Led by the ARC Center of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), the research found huge gaps in the conservation of migratory birds, particularly across China, India, and parts of Africa and South America.

More than half of migratory bird species traveling the world's main flyways have suffered serious population declines in the past 30 years.

"This is mainly due to unequal and ineffective protection across their migratory range and the places they stop to refuel along their routes," said lead author Claire Runge of CEED and the University of Queensland.

"A typical migratory bird relies on many different geographic locations throughout its annual cycle for food, rest and breeding.

The CEED study found that of 1,451 migratory bird species, 1,324 had inadequate protection for at least one part of their migration pathway. Eighteen species had no protection in their breeding areas and two species had no protection at all along their whole route.

For migratory bird species listed as threatened on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List by BirdLife International, less than three percent have sufficient protected areas.

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