10 May: World Migratory Bird Day
The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2017 was observed across the world on 10 May 2017. The theme for WMBD 2017 is "Their Future is our Future – A Healthy Planet for Migratory Birds and People."
The theme for the year throws light on the topic of Sustainable Development for Wildlife and People.
The WMBD 2017 highlights the interdependence of people and nature, and more especially people and migratory animals - in particular birds, as they share the same planet and thus the same limited resources.
The 2017 campaign will aim at raising awareness on the need for a sustainable management of the natural resources, demonstrating that birds conservation is also crucial for the future of humankind.
The World Migratory Bird Day is observed with an aim to raise awareness and highlight the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats.
The World Migratory Bird Day is an annual global celebration initiated in 2006 by the United Nations.
The event was founded as an effort of the UN's Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement).
About Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds
• The Agreement is an independent international treaty developed under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme's Convention on Migratory Species.
• It was founded to coordinate efforts to conserve bird species migrating between European and African nations.
• Its current scope stretches from the Arctic to South Africa, encompassing the Canadian archipelago and the Middle East as well as Europe and Africa.
• The agreement focuses on bird species that depend on wetlands for at least part of their lifecycle and cross international borders in their migration patterns. It currently covers 254 species.