AEWA Waterbird Conservation Award was established in 2005
by the AEWA Standing Committee in order to recognize and
honour individuals, as well as government and non-government
organizations and enterprises. Recipients should have made
a significant contribution towards long-term conservation
and sustainable use of waterbirds in the African-Eurasian
region, especially pioneer initiatives or ones that serve
as models for others.
The Award is conferred every three years, at each ordinary
session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP) and is presented
in two categories, institutional and individual. It is
endowed with prize money of US $ 5,000, in each of the
In May 2012, the AEWA Waterbird Conservation Award was
presented for the third time. The Award ceremony took place
during the 5th session of the Meeting of the Parties, in
La Rochelle, France.
In the individual category, the late Dr. Brooks Childress,
former Chair of the IUCN/SSC/WI International Specialist
Group on Flamingos, was chosen as the winner.
The International Wader Study Group (IWSG) won the Award in the institutional
category, having facilitated the work of AEWA through its ongoing research,
data synthesis and educational activities. It was honoured, in particular,
for its development of a strategic approach to flyway conservation in the
The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat warmly thanks all award winners,
past and present, for their contributions to waterbird
conservation in the AEWA region, and hopes that this award
will continue to serve as an inspiration for all the many
conservationists working together towards the protection
of AEWA species.
The next round of the AEWA Waterbird Conservation Award
will be launched in 2014, when detailed information on
the nomination procedure as well as nomination forms will
be made available on the AEWA website.