Africa is of crucial importance for millions of migratory waterbirds such as herons, storks, ibises, flamingos, ducks, geese, cranes and numerous other species which depend on the continent’s wetlands for breeding, feeding, resting and nesting. The survival of many waterbird populations is, however, at risk. Particularly the Afro-tropical region has seen a – sometimes dramatic - decline, and it holds the largest number of AEWA populations on the IUCN Red List of globally threatened species.
The AEWA African Initiative (in full: African Initiative for the Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and Their Habitats in Africa) is a package of support which aims to promote the implementation of AEWA in Africa and thus help conserve migratory waterbird populations under threat. The Initiative was adopted at the 4th Session of the Meeting of AEWA Parties (Resolution 4.9) and became operational in 2009.
Follow the links below to find out more about the African Initiative: