Jan 25 2021
The QWSG and AWSG are joint organisers of the Australasian Shorebird Conference and plans were to hold the Conference after the EAAFP MoP in March this year. However this was postponed owing to the COVID19 pandemic and closure of borders to international travellers in Australia.
The QWSG and AWSG Organising Committee have been reviewing potential dates and arrangements for the Conference and in view of the current COVID pandemic and uncertainty about travel and border closures it has been proposed that the conference should be delayed until Feb/March or Oct/Nov 2022.
The reason for this is that the state of play with regards to Covid-19 is still uncertain. At present the start of vaccine is slated for the end of February, and if all goes well would not be completed until the end of August. We would like the conference to be international and this then throws up several other limiting factors, all around the progress of the virus and the acceptance of overseas vaccinations by the Australian Government. There is no control of the virus in USA and UK, Europe, Japan and China are seeing an increase in cases.
We will continue to provide information to update on the Conference.
David Edwards, Chair QWSG and Alison Russell-French OAM Chair AWSG
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