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East Asia

East Asia

PROBLEM

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.

SOLUTIONS

Our work builds on the strong cultural ties to cranes in East Asia, to engage local communities, resource managers, scientists, and policy makers in conservation of protected areas and their surrounding landscapes, including: (click here to learn more about these activities in East Asia)

  • Ensure healthy populations of Red-crowned, White-naped, Hooded, and Siberian Crane populations in the Amur-Heilong Basin of Russia and China.
  • Supporting increasing wintering 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.
  • Expanding the size and range of Black-necked Crane populations in western China.
  • Securing wintering grounds for Red-crowned and White-naped Cranes in and near the Demilitarized Zone of the Korean Peninsula.
  • Securing the chain of wetlands that sustain crane migration for each of the major East Asia crane flyways.
  • Strengthening policies affecting cranes and their important habitats in China.

LEADERSHIP

Our work in East Asia is led by the staff of the International Crane Foundation and trusted local partners.

Nyamba Batbayar

Dr. Nyamba Batbayar
Research Associate
(Mongolia)

Jim Harris

Jim Harris
Senior Vice President and Director of East Asia Programs
(Headquarters and China)

Huang Huiqin

Huang Huiqin
Education Assistant
(China)

Elena Ilyashenko

Elena Ilyashenko
Siberian Crane Flyway Coordinator
(Russia)

Jin Jiefeng

Jin Jiefeng
Yangtze Basin
Program Officer
(China)

Li Fengshan

Dr. Li Fengshan
Yangtze Program and
Black-necked Crane
Program Leader
(Headquarters and China)

Liu Tao

Liu Tao
Field Assistant
(China)

Claire Mirande

Claire Mirande
Director of Conservation Networking
(Headquarters)

Elena Smirenski

Elena Smirenski
Technical Communications/ Program Assistant
(Headquarters)

Sergei Smirenski

Dr. Sergei Smirenski
Research Associate
(Headquarters and Russia)

Su Lying

Dr. Su Liying
East Asia Flyways
Program Leader
(China)

Tang Linfang

Tang Linfang
East Asia
Program Coordinator
(China)

Wang Hui

Wang Hui
Education Assistant
(China)

Partners

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.

Crane Specialist Group

RESOURCES

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)

SUPPORT OUR WORK

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