An alliance of environmental and conservation organisations are to develop a bird flu early warning system, alerting countries, and even communities, of a looming risk posed by migrating wild birds that may carry the disease.

The United Nations Environment Programme, the Convention on Migratory Species, Wetlands International, Birdlife International and the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation are all planning to help the scheme. It will be coordinated by UNEP, and will develop special maps for individual countries, pinpointing precise locations, such as lakes, marshes and other wetland areas, where potentially infected wild birds are likely to fly.