Former Executive Secretary, Bert Lenten, Retires

After a long and distinguished career in the CMS Family, Lambertus “Bert” Lenten, the former Executive Secretary of AEWA has retired. Bert’s connection to the CMS Family started when he was appointed interim Executive Secretary of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) in January 1996. Based in the Division for International Nature Conservation of the Directorate for Nature with the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture Nature and Fisheries in The Hague, Bert organized the first Meeting of the Parties, which took place at Somerset West, near Cape Town in 1999.

12 January 2018

2018: A New World Migratory Bird Day

On 26 October 2017 on the sidelines of the CMS COP12 in Manila, Environment for the Americas (EFTA), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), announced an innovative partnership to boost awareness of the plight of migratory birds around the world. The new partnership formally unites two of the world’s largest bird education campaigns, International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) and World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) in a bid to strengthen recognition and appreciation of migratory birds and highlight the urgent need for their conservation.

26 December 2017

Black-tailed Godwit Range States along the East Atlantic Flyway Agree on Urgent Conservation Action at Staging and Wintering Sites

Key Range States and species experts came together in Dakar, Senegal on the 13-14 November 2017 for the 1st regional meeting of the AEWA Black-tailed Godwit International Working Group for the countries hosting the species during winter along the East Atlantic Flyway. The Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa limosa), is recognized as Near-Threatened on the IUCN Red List and is listed on Table 1 Column A of the AEWA Action Plan. Despite ongoing conservation efforts, the Western European/North Western and West African flyway population which was the focus of this meeting continues to decline.

22 December 2017

International Conservation Action for Lesser White-fronted Geese in 2017

As the year draws to an end, the opportunity presents itself to provide an overview on Lesser White-fronted Goose conservation activities and projects that have been implemented under the framework of the AEWA Lesser White-fronted Goose International Working Group in 2017. The year has certainly been a very busy one for the Working Group, as showcased below. Following the 3rd Working Group meeting in Trondheim in April 2016, the focus has been on the implementation of key conservation activities outlined in the 2016-2019 workplan.

19 December 2017

Meetings of AEWA Bodies in 2018

The Secretariat is pleased to inform you that arrangements are well underway for organizing the 7th Session of the Meeting of the Parties, and meetings of the Technical and Standing Committees. The AEWA Technical Committee will be meeting for the 14th time from 10 to 13 April 2018 (please note the change in dates, i.e. not 27-30 March, as previously indicated) at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany.

14 December 2017

AEWA Launches New Partnership with Conservation Evidence

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is proud to launch a new partnership, with the information resource initiative, Conservation Evidence. Based at the University of Cambridge, UK, with collaborators and advisers in all continents of the world, Conservation Evidence is a free, authoritative information resource designed to support decisions about how to maintain and restore global biodiversity. The idea is to give busy conservationists access to the very latest and most relevant ecological knowledge to support their policy or management decisions.

14 December 2017

Secretariat Welcomes Ms. Christina Irven

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce the recruitment of Ms. Christina Irven as the Programme Management Assistant of the European Goose Management Platform (EGMP). Christina is German with a background in International Development, as well as Tourism Management.

13 December 2017

Northern Bald Ibis Range States Met to Set Conservation Priorities until 2020

The AEWA Northern Bald Ibis International Working Group (NBI IWG) comprises the eight principal Range States of the two populations of Northern Bald Ibis. Five of them came together for the 2nd meeting of the NBI IWG in Agadir, Morocco from 25 to 27 September 2017. This meeting followed the first gathering of the Group in November 2012 in Jizan, Saudi Arabia where the revision of the International Single Species Action Plan for this critically endangered species was launched, which was later adopted at MOP6 in 2015.

06 December 2017

Botswana Accedes to AEWA as Party No. 77

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce the accession of the Republic of Botswana as AEWA’s 77th Party. Botswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa and has borders with Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The country has an area of just over 600,000 km2 and a population of 1.6 million making it one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world; the capital is Gaborone. The country is relatively flat with seventy per cent of the territory dominated by the Kalahari Desert.

21 November 2017

Stakeholder Workshop on Management Planning for the Greylag Goose

A multi-faceted group of European government representatives, scientists and non-governmental organizations came together to develop an International Species Management Plan (ISMP) for the Northwest/Southwest European population of the Greylag Goose (Anser anser).

25 October 2017