Slaty Egret (Egretta vinaceigula) ©

In this issue:

Jacques Trouvilliez

Dr Jacques Trouvilliez Appointed as New Executive Secretary of the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce that the UNEP Executive Director has appointed Dr Jacques Trouvilliez as the new Executive Secretary of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA).

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City of Bonn © Presseamt Bundesstadt Bonn

AEWA MOP6 in 2015 Scheduled to Take Place in Bonn, Germany

The 6th Session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP6) to AEWA is scheduled to take place on 9 - 14 November 2015 in Bonn, Germany. The year 2015 also marks the 20th Anniversary of AEWA!

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Burundi becomes new AEWA Party

Burundi Becomes AEWA’s 74th Contracting Party

AEWA’s membership will grow to 74 Contracting Parties as of 1 October 2014, with the Republic of Burundi being the latest country to join the Agreement.

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Rwanda becomes new AEWA Party

Accession of Rwanda Raises the Number of AEWA Contracting Parties to 73

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is very pleased to announce that Rwanda’s instrument of accession has been submitted by the Government to the AEWA Depositary.

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Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) © Santanu Nandy Photography, Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum) © Sergey Dereliev, Madagascar Pond-heron (Ardeola idae) © Johannes Pfleiderer, Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor) © Mark Anderson

Submission Deadline Approaching: AEWA Small Grants Fund 2014

The deadline for submitting applications for the 2014 cycle of the AEWA Small Grants Fund is fast approaching. The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat would like to remind all interested applicants that project proposals must be submitted by Friday, 10 October 2014.

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Caspian Tern (Sterna caspia) © Sergey Dereliev,

AEWA SGF Project Successfully Completed in The Gambia

An AEWA-funded waterbird conservation project has recently been successfully completed in The Gambia. Focusing on breeding waterbird populations on the Bijol Islands, the project was carried out by the Department of Parks and Wildlife Management (DPWM) with financial support from the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) in the framework of the AEWA Small Grants Fund (SGF).

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The AEWA and TSU Team meet with the Prime Minister and Head of Government of Cameroon, H.E. Mr. Philemon Yang.

Talks with Cameroon Government and Wildlife Institutes Promote Accession to AEWA and Capacity-Building for Conservation Training

A series of AEWA-related meetings – undertaken by the Technical Support Unit (TSU) and the Coordinator of the African Initiative of AEWA - took place in Cameroon from 9 to 17 June 2014. 

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Slaty Egret (Egretta vinaceigula) ©

UNEP/AEWA Secretariat and BirdLife Botswana Embark on a New Partnership for the Implementation of the AEWA Slaty Egret International Species Action Plan

In May 2014 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat and BirdLife Botswana was signed to address the urgently needed international conservation measures for the globally threatened Slaty Egret (Egretta vinaceigula).

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Sociable Lapwing (Vanellus gregarius) © Maxim Koshkin

Ian Fisher Takes Over as Coordinator of the AEWA Sociable Lapwing International Working Group

The Sociable Lapwing (Vanellus gregarius) is categorized as Critically Endangered by IUCN and is amongst the species of highest conservation priority on the AEWA list.

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Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) © Jacques Trouvilliez

First AEWA International Species Expert Group Set up for the Eurasian Spoonbill

The first ever AEWA International Species Expert Group has been set up for the Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) by strengthening the affiliation of the longstanding International Spoonbill Working Group with the Agreement.

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In Focus: AEWA Conservation Guidelines No. 1 – Guidelines on the Preparation of National Single Species Action Plans for Migratory Waterbirds

A Single Species Action Plan (SSAP) is a prescriptive plan for a species or a population of a species, aimed at maintaining that species at, or restoring it to, a favourable conservation status.

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