Advancing the Implementation of AEWA in Africa – for Migratory Waterbirds and People

The African Initiative


Africa is of crucial importance for the survival of millions of migratory waterbirds which depend on the continent for breeding, resting, feeding and other aspects of their life cycles.

The state of many migratory waterbird populations in Africa has, however, been worrying, particularly in the Afro-tropical region. Population trend estimates for this region have remained poor or even become worse and the region continues to hold the largest number and proportion of globally threatened populations of AEWA species on the IUCN Red List.

The African Initiative for the Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and Their Habitats in Africa, in short referred to as the AEWA African Initiative or African Initiative, is a package of support specifically aimed at promoting the implementation of the Agreement in Africa. The Initiative has been designed to contribute to reversing the negative trends in migratory waterbird populations and overcoming gaps in the implementation of AEWA in Africa, particularly in the areas of training and capacity building, research and monitoring and increasing membership of the Agreement. It was adopted at the 4th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA (Resolution 4.9) and went operational in 2009.

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



UNEP/AEWA Secretariat
UN Campus    
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1
53113 Bonn
Tel.: +49 (0)228 815 2412