Compared to other regions, the level of implementation of both AEWA and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is relatively low in Africa. A major key to boosting implementation is strong capacity in the region. Building and strengthening capacity is therefore an important focus of the Plan of Action for Africa to be achieved, in particular, through targeted training courses.
Such courses bring together a variety of stakeholders, including government representatives and scientific experts, and cover a wide range of AEWA-relevant aspects such as the flyway approach to the conservation and wise use of waterbirds and wetlands, improved skills for the negotiation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements and the roles and responsibilities for effective implementation of the Agreement.
Examples of successful courses include two flyway-approach Training of Trainers courses for technical experts, one for Eastern and Southern Africa in 2013, and another for Portuguese-speaking African countries in 2014. In addition, training workshops were convened in order to strengthen the involvement of the African Contracting Parties in, and improve their effective preparation for Meetings of the Parties (MOPs), at the same time as providing an opportunity for African Parties to consolidate regional interests.
The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat has collaborated with the UNEP/CMS Secretariat on a number of its capacity-building activities, for example in the framework of a major European Commission-funded ENRTP* project.
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