Environment Minister Greg Hunt (centre, with plan) and Associate Professor Fuller (right) in Melbourne.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt (centre, with plan) and Associate Professor Fuller (right) in Melbourne.

Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews have launched the Migratory Shorebird Conservation Plan, informed heavily by University of Queensland research (with many other collaborating organisations) on threatened shorebird declines and recovery.

Associate Professor Richard Fuller of UQ’s School of Biological Sciences said there were “promising signs” this plan would be effectively implemented.

“Let's choose a bright future for our declining and seriously threatened migratory shorebirds - these most amazing travellers need decisive action from Australia to avert their extinction,” he said.

The minister announced that Gregory Andrews would take on the role of an emissary to East Asia, working to understand how best to achieve shorebird habitat conservation in this centrally important location in the flyway.

Associate Professor Fuller said this was an “exciting development that could potentially lead to real change.”

View the ABC News story here and the Birdlife Australia news release here.

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