Participants discussed a variety of future actions ranging from advocating the closure of illegal markets, motivating enforcement actions, breeding highly threatened species in captivity for eventual release in the wild, to the need for further research and monitoring of trade and wild populations. Opportunities to raise global awareness of this crisis through zoo campaigns were also discussed at length.
Other priority action areas included improving knowledge on wild populations, community-based interventions to reduce poaching and demand for wild birds, supporting law enforcement along the trade chain, and developing a plan for the rehabilitation and release of confiscated birds.
The summit also identified the need to strongly encourage the government of Indonesia to take immediate action and close down the markets facilitating the illegal and unsustainable trade of songbirds. It is also vital that the governments of other Southeast Asian nations take stronger measures to protect songbirds from unsustainable over-exploitation, and shut down pet shops and markets facilitating illegal trade.