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Waterbirds are one the world's most attractive group of birds and among the most threatened. These include albatrosses, flamingos, swans, geese, ducks, cranes, waders, gulls, terns and auks. They share a dependency on the world's wetlands-seas, coasts, estuaries, lagoons, lochs, rivers, marshlands, swamps, tundra and other peatlands, and they have come to symbolize the changing, fragile nature of planet earth.
More than 450 conservation scientists from 90 countries attended the Waterbirds around the World conference, held in Edinburgh in 2004. The ensuing proceedings and introductory papers describe the truly global efforts being made to halt the decline in waterbirds populations.
This groundbreaking book provides a wealth of new information on the use of global flyways by waterbirds and discusses concerns such as climate change, infectious diseases ecosystem approaches. With more than 240 papers straddling geographical, topical and cross-cutting themes, this is a timely overview of many global partnerships between governments, agencies and other bodies tackling waterbird research, conservation and management.