Asian Waterbird Census (AWC)
AWC, the largest such census in Asia, is organised by Wetlands International, is an international programme that focuses on monitoring the status of waterbirds and wetlands.
- The AWC was started in 1987, and many birders were initiated into bird counting and monitoring through this project.
- The AWC is co-ordinated by Wetlands International as part of global programme, the “International Waterbird Census”.
- The data collected each year is shared by Wetlands International with global conservation organisations such as IUCN and Ramsar Convention, while state coordinators share data with local wildlife departments to ensure conservation and sustainable management of wetlands in the region.
- It also aims to increase public awareness on issues related to wetland and waterbird conservation.
- The census is carried out each January as a voluntary activity at national and local level.
- In India, the AWC is annually coordinated by the Bombay Natural history Society (BNHS) and Wetlands International.
- BNHS is a non-government Organisation (NGO) founded in the year 1883.
- It engages itself in the conservation of nature and natural resources and also in the research and conservation of endangered species.
Its mission is to conserve nature, primarily biological diversity through action based on research, education and public awareness.
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