The importance of water to migratory birds

The importance of water to migratory birds

In a statement for World Water Day, March 22, the organizations behind World Migratory Bird Day urge decision-makers at the UN 2023 Water Conference to reflect on the significance of water for migratory birds. 

Migratory birds rely on water and its associated habitats, such as wetlands, for migration, breeding, and wintering. However, human activities such as intensive agriculture, rapid urbanization, and other forms of development, as well as pollution and climate change, threaten these ecosystems and the migratory birds that depend on them.

To raise awareness of the importance of water for migratory birds, this year's World Migratory Bird Day campaign will focus on the theme "Water: Sustaining Bird Life". The campaign, organized by the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, and key partners, will be held on May 13 and October 14, the two peak days of bird migration.

According to the Convention, the 2023 UN World Water Conference (22-24 March) is a crucial opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the conservation and sustainable management of water resources for both people and nature. In doing so, we can help protect the ecosystems and migratory birds that depend on them for survival.