WWF Hong Kong has received financial support from Cathay Pacific to help conserve the wetland habitats of migratory waterbirds across Asia. With the launch of the Asian Waterbird Conservation Fund, the airline will donate $1 for each passenger who flies during July on routes taken by migratory birds. Cathay's maximum contribution will be $500,000. The waterbirds reach as far south as Auckland, New Zealand, as far west as Vancouver, Canada, and across most of Asia and China. The first project supported by the fund will be a workshop for experts in Asia. WWF says many of the inland and coastal areas where waterbirds stop off during their annual migration have been lost or are threatened by pollution and reclamation. It is estimated that 13 per cent of the 243 migratory waterbird species found in the Asia-Pacific region are facing extinction. Among them are the black-faced spoonbill, Chinese crested tern and spoon-billed sandpiper.