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International Single and Multi-Species Action Plans (ISSAPs/IMSAPs) are the key instrument developed under AEWA to stimulate and guide coordinated measures for the effective conservation of migratory waterbird populations across their entire range.

A number of ISSAPs have been developed under the African Initiative, including for the Slaty Egret (Egretta vinaceigula), the Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) and the Grey Crowned-crane (Balearica regulorum).

Other AEWA species of high priority for the development of ISSAPs in Africa include the Bank Cormorant (Phalacrocorax neglectus), Wattled Crane (Grus carunculatus), Madagascar Pratincole (Glareola ocularis), African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus), Cape Gannet (Morus capensis),  Blue Crane (Grus  paradisea) and White-backed  Duck (Thalassornis leuconotus). Three of these species were included in the first IMSAP recently developed under the Agreement, for coastal seabirds of the Benguela upwelling system.

Please click here to access the AEWA International Species Action Plans.

Follow the links below to find out more about the African Initiative: