East Asia is home to eight crane species, the most of any region. Five of these species are threatened – Siberian, Red-crowned, White-naped, Hooded and Black-necked Cranes. Intense land and water development pressures due to rapid economic growth threaten wetlands of vital importance to crane survival in this region.
Our work builds on the strong cultural ties to cranes in East Asia, to engage local communities, resource managers, scientists and policymakers in the 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:
We work with partners in China, Russia and Mongolia to address serious threats to key wetlands in these arid landscapes.
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:
For thirty years, we have cooperated with Poyang Lake Nature Reserve to study the ecological relationships among cranes, aquatic plants and water levels, providing critical data for evaluating future water projects and management schemes.
Expanding the size and range of Black-necked Crane populations in western China. We are:
Our work in East Asia is led by the staff of the International Crane Foundation and trusted local partners.
Dr. Nyamba Batbayar
China Program Coordinator
Siberian Crane Flyway Coordinator
Dr. Li Fengshan
Yangtze Program and
(Headquarters and China)
International – Asia
(Asia and Headquarters)
Director of Conservation Networking
Technical Communications/ Program Assistant
Dr. Sergei Smirenski
(Headquarters and Russia)
Dr. Su Liying
East Asia Flyways
China Program Administration Manager
China Program Director
We work with numerous wetland nature reserves, relevant government agencies at national, provincial and local levels, research institutes and universities from the throughout the region, local communities near the great crane places, and committed, highly active individuals who volunteer time and effort on behalf of cranes.
Click here for additional background and in-depth research on our work in East Asia.
View documents from the multi-national Siberian Crane Wetland Project (2003 – 2009)
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