Almaty, 18 October 2008 - Marina Koshkina, the WOW Project Capacity Development Officer for Central Asia, Southern Caucasus and Russia, was amongst the participants of a 5 day workshop on "Avian Influenza and the Role of Wild Birds in Central Asia" which took place 13 - 17 October 2008 in Almaty Kazakhstan. The regional workshop was hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan and organized by FAO with the help of the Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstanm (ACBK) and with the financial support of the Asian Development Bank and Swedish International Development Agency.
The workshop which focused on Avian Influenza and the role of Wild Birds in Cantral Asia, had a theoretical and practical field training part in which participants were given a demonstration in captive techniques, bird identification and bird sampling methods. ACBK, which acts as the WOW Project Subregional Center for countries of Central Asia, Southern Caucasus and Russia, provided the logistics for the meeting as well as materials from the newly developed WOW training modules for some of the presentations on bird migration and identification.
In a presentation on the third day of the workshop, Marina Koshkina gave participants a full overview of the WOW Project, highlighting the project's Critical Sites Network (CSN) Tool, Training Modules and unique unique "flyway approach to waterbird conservation".
For more information on WOW Activities in Central Asia, Southern Caucasus and Russia please visit the webpage of the WOW Regional Centre for the Central Asian and Caucasus States.
* This news has been brought to you by Marina Koshkina, the WOW Project Capacity Development Officer for Central Asia, Southern Caucasus and Russia, who sent in the following report of the meeting, the above photos and the final workshop agenda.
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