AEWA News

National Reporting System Ready for AEWA MOP7

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce that it has launched the national reporting cycle for the 7th Meeting of the Parties (South Africa, 4-8 December 2018) with a technically enhanced version of the MEA Online Reporting System (ORS) first used in the run-up to AEWA MOP5. Credentials and passwords have been sent to all AEWA national focal points and correspondents, and the deadline for submitting the reports is 7 June 2018.

06 February 2018

Focus on the White-headed Duck in Morocco

The Research Group for Bird Protection in Morocco (GREPOM) has successfully completed a project which contributes to improving the conservation status of the White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala) in Morocco. The project which received support from the AEWA Small Grants Fund was conducted over the period of February 2016 to November 2017.

05 February 2018

IUCN Red List Update for AEWA Species

Plummeting populations have led to the status of three AEWA waterbird species being upgraded, according to the revised IUCN Red List of Endangered Species published in December. Prey depletion triggered by overfishing has caused severe population declines of the Black-legged Kittiwake and the Cape Gannet. Pollution caused by domestic and urban waste water and agricultural run offs is a major problem for the Maccoa Duck. However, the outlook for another two AEWA species – the African Oystercatcher and the Dalmatian Pelican - has taken a turn for the better. BirdLife International and Wetlands International have collated the data upon which the new assessments are based.

02 February 2018

World Wetlands Day - Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future

Although the most important wetlands in terms of their conservation value for waterbirds of the African-Eurasian Flyway – such as the Banc d’Arguin in Mauritania or the Wadden Sea in Europe – are often far removed from large cities, the ones located in or around towns play a vital role in maintaining the chain of sites stretching between the Arctic and the southernmost tip of the African continent.

01 February 2018

“Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation”: WMBD 2018 Theme Highlights New Global Dimension

On 26 October 2017 in the margins 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 increase 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 global recognition and appreciation of migratory birds and highlight the urgent need for their conservation.

24 January 2018

New Report on Motivations for Illegal and Accidental Killing of Lesser White-fronted Geese in Kazakhstan

The AEWA Lesser White-fronted Goose Working Group is pleased to announce the completion of a new report which features the outcomes of a project carried out by Stirling University in cooperation with the Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity in Kazakhstan (ACBK) during September-October 2017 in northern Kazakhstan. The aim was to assess the motivations for hunting geese - including the illegal killing/accidental shooting of Lesser White-fronted Geese - in the local communities adjacent to key staging sites.

19 January 2018

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