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Message by Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity on the Occasion of the World Migratory Bird Day 2007 - Migratory Birds in a Changing Climate, 12-13 May 2007

This year’s World Migratory Bird Day draws attention to the plight of birds as our climate changes. The main impacts of climate change will be on water, with extensive loss of coastal wetlands, retreat of glaciers, decreased sea-ice extent, thawing of some permafrost, longer ice-free seasons on rivers and lakes, amplified effects on water quality, significantly increased flood damage and drought events. These changes will impact both the biodiversity that ecosystems support, the services that they provide and in particular the livelihoods of indigenous and local communities that rely upon them.

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