International Crane Foundation



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East Asia – Solutions

Our work builds on the strong cultural ties to cranes in East Asia, to engage local communities and policy makers in conservation of protected areas and their surrounding landscapes, including:

Ensure healthy populations of Red-crowned, White-naped, Hooded, and Siberian Crane populations in the Amur-Heilong Basin of Russia and China. We are:

  • Supporting development and implementation of water management plans that sustain crane habitats and preserve wetlands for wildlife, flood control, enhancement of water quality, fisheries, and other harvests important to people at Zhalong, Momoge, Xianghai, Tumuji, Muraviovka, and other key crane wetlands.
  • Developing pilot projects in China and Russia that demonstrate community involvement with wetland conservation.
  • Promoting cooperative research efforts between crane conservationists in Mongolia and the Amur-Heilong basin of Russia and China.
  • Conducting environmental education activities among communities and stakeholders affecting critical crane habitat to increase local and national pride and commitment to conservation action.


Supporting increasing winter populations of Siberian, White-naped, and Hooded Cranes and maintaining the extraordinary diversity of other waterbird species in Poyang and nearby lakes in southeastern China. We are:

  • Determining the effects of different water management scenarios on cranes and their aquatic plant food base.
  • Promoting ecosystem approaches to management, including strategies to manage degradation caused by water infrastructure and economic development within its basin.
  • Collaborating with Chinese agencies, researchers, and local communities to demonstrate how fisheries management and crane protection go together.
  • Supporting efforts by management agencies and partners to identify and restore alternative wintering sites for cranes in southern China.


Expanding the size and range of Black-necked Crane populations in western China. We are:

  • Supporting pilot projects to reduce degradation around key wetlands through alternative livelihoods and agriculture practices.
  • Undertaking long-term monitoring of selected breeding areas to assess the impacts of climate change on cranes and key wetlands, and to develop measures for adaptation to climate change.
  • Strengthening environmental education efforts at Cao Hai and Ruoergai, using these efforts as a model to increase community awareness and pride in crane conservation in other areas of China.


Securing wintering grounds for Red-crowned and White-naped Cranes in and near the Demilitarized Zone of the Korean Peninsula. We are:

  • Facilitating technical exchange, dialogue, and collaboration with North and South Korean scientists and decision-makers.
  • Restoring crane wintering areas in the Anbyon Plain of North Korea by assisting the local farming community in developing sustainable farming methods while providing food for cranes.
  • Developing habitat management plans for the conservation of coastal wetlands in southwest North Korea.
  • Supporting efforts within South Korea to protect Choelwon and other current wintering sites.


field_work_zhalong_400Securing the chain of wetlands that sustain crane migration for each of the major East Asia crane flyways. We are:

  • Developing and implementing a long term monitoring project for each of the five threatened crane species of East Asia, including population status surveys and assessment of current and emerging threats.
  • Bringing people together from across the flyways to share information, seek solutions to common threats, and improve collaborative activities.
  • Increasing understanding and support for flyway-level conservation efforts through targeted communications and education activities.

Strengthening policies affecting cranes and their important habitats in China. We are:

  • Influencing the development of national policies that protect cranes in nature reserves, ensuring water supply for wetlands, and making sure that resource harvesting from wetlands is done sustainably.
  • Supporting research that can strengthen management of cranes and their wetlands, and disseminating research findings through publications such as China Crane News.