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