Lesser White-fronted Geese © Tomas Aarvak

In this issue:

Impressions of World Migratory Bird Day 2016

World Migratory Bird Day 2016

Every year more than 25 million of migratory birds are illegally killed or taken across the Mediterranean. They are shot or caught with nets and other indiscriminate traps.

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CIC 63rd General Assembly, Opening Ceremony

CIC General Assembly 63: New Focus on Migratory Birds

Belgium hosted the 63rd General Assembly of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) under the slogan “Hunting is Conservation”, from 22 April to 23 April 2016 in Brussels.

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Wind farm in the UK © Robert Vagg UNEP/CMS

UNEA Event Spotlights Wildlife-friendly Energy Deployment

The CMS Family and BirdLife International joined forces at the Second Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) to raise awareness of guidelines devised to ensure that renewable energy installations are deployed in ways that have no adverse impact on migratory species such as birds and bats.

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The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Environment Minister of Canada

XXI Meeting of the Canada/Mexico/U.S. Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management

The slogan of the XXI Meeting of the Trilateral Committee held in Ottawa, 16-19 May was “Celebrating 100 years of conservation of migratory birds and their habitats and looking ahead to the next 100 years”.

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Group Photo of AEWA TC13 in Israel © Simon Nemtzov

Israel Hosts 13th Meeting of the AEWA Technical Committee

The 13th Meeting of the AEWA Technical Committee took place from 14 to 17 March at the kind invitation of the Government of Israel.

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Lesser White-fronted Geese (Anser erythropus) © Tomas Aarvak

EU LIFE+ Project for Globally Threatened Lesser White-fronted Goose Wins European Natura 2000 Award

The EU LIFE+ project “Safeguarding the Lesser White-fronted Goose along its European Flyways” (LIFE10NAT/GR/638) is amongst this year’s winners of the European Natura 2000 Award, which were announced on the 23rd of May in Brussels during an evening awards ceremony hosted by the European Commission.

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European Goose Management Platform Meeting Participants - © UNEP/AEWA

Next Steps Agreed for the Establishment of a European Goose Management Platform under AEWA

Range states and key stakeholders came together in Paris on the 11-12 May to agree on the modalities for establishing a European Goose Management Platform under AEWA.

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Tautra island, a Ramsar site situated in the Trondheimsfjord © Nina Mikander

AEWA Lesser White-fronted Goose Working Group Meets in Trondheim

The AEWA Lesser White-fronted Goose International Working Group came together in Trondheim, Norway for its third face-to-face meeting this week (12-14 April) hosted by the Norwegian Environment Agency at their premises.

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The accession of Belarus brings AEWA Membership to 76

Accession of Belarus Brings AEWA Membership to 76

Belarus has completed its accession process and deposited its instrument of accession with Agreement’s depositary, the Government of the Netherlands. Belarus will therefore become AEWA’s 76th Party on 1 April.

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Bewick's Swans (Cygnus columbianus bewickii) © Paul Marshall/WWT

New Flyway Campaign to Highlight Plight of the Swans

A ground-breaking awareness-raising campaign spanning the entire migration route of the Bewick’s Swan from its breeding grounds in Arctic Russia to its wintering areas in north-west Europe, will likely be making headlines this autumn.

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New Journal Article Highlights AEWA’s Unique Place in International Environmental Law

A recently published article in the Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy examines the past and future development of AEWA from the perspective of international environmental law.

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© Sergey Dereliev, www.dereliev-photography.com

In Focus: AEWA Conservation Guidelines No. 4 - Guidelines on the Management of Key Sites for Migratory Waterbirds

Article III, paragraph 2 (c) of the Agreement requires Parties to AEWA to encourage the protection, management, rehabilitation and restoration of sites and habitats for migratory waterbirds, occurring within their territory.

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