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In this issue:

World Migratory Bird Day 2017

World Migratory Bird Day 2017 - Join This Year's Celebration!

All the activities organized for World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) are united by a common theme, which this year is "Their Future is our Future – A Healthy Planet for Migratory Birds and People".

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New Official Arabic Version of the Agreement Text is Published!

A new Arabic version of the Agreement text and its annexes as amended by the 6th session of the Meeting of the Parties in November 2015 was kindly provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in its capacity as Depositary of the Agreement.

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Barnacle Geese (Branta leucopsis) © Magnus Elander

Goose Management: From Local to Flyway Scale

A special volume of Ambio, the journal of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, has been recently published containing 14 articles based on material presented at the Gram Slot Conference on “Goose Management: Challenges 2015” held from 27 to 29 October 2015 in Denmark.

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Bird watchers during the International Waterbird Census © ONCFS 2017

International Waterbird Census (IWC) – Chad – January 2017

From 15 to 20 January 2017, the Technical Support Unit (TSU) for the AEWA African Initiative along with the Directorate for Wildlife Conservation and Protected Areas of Chad (DCFAP), Zakouma National Park and with the support of a volunteer ornithologist from the Tour du Valat have jointly carried out the first waterbird census at the Bahr Aouk and Salamat floodplains Ramsar Site.

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Participants at the 12th Meeting of the AEWA Standing Committee

AEWA Standing Committee Meets in Paris

The 12th Meeting of the AEWA Standing Committee was held from 31 January to 1 February, hosted by the French Ministry of Environment, Energy and Sea at its premises in La Défense, Paris.

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Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction

World Wetlands Day, celebrated on 2 February is a global annual celebration of the vital socio-environmental role of wetlands and the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands (1971) in the Iranian city of Ramsar.

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Participants of the consultation workshop in Yaoundé

New Impetus for Cameroon’s Efforts to Accede to AEWA

A multi-stakeholder consultation workshop took place in Yaoundé from 7 – 8 December 2016, with the aim of re-invigorating the national process for the accession of Cameroon to AEWA.

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“Expedition member Jànos Tar from the Hortobágy National Park Directorate in Hungary carrying out a morning count. © Attila Szilágyi, Hortobágy National Park Directorate

Outcomes of Kazakhstan Lesser White-fronted and Red-breasted Goose Expedition (2016)

The AEWA Lesser White-fronted Goose Working Group is pleased to announce the completion of a new report which features the outcomes of an international expedition carried out in Kazakhstan in September-October 2016 with the goal to obtain up-to-date estimates for the Western main Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus) population, as well as for the global population of Red-breasted Geese (Branta ruficollis).

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Pink-footed Geese (Anser brachyrhyncus)  © John Anderson

1st Meeting of the AEWA European Goose Management International Working Group Took Place in Sweden

Ushering in a new era for the conservation and sustainable use of goose populations within the African-Eurasian flyways, Range States and observer organisations came together in Kristianstad, Sweden on the 14-16 December for the 1st Meeting of the AEWA European Goose Management International Working Group hosted by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.

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Workshop participants getting trained on the identification and monitoring of waterbirds

AEWA Small Grants Fund Project Successfully Concluded in Guinea

A waterbird conservation project in Guinea was successfully implemented by BirdLife International, in collaboration with the Government of Guinea and other national partners, in the framework of the AEWA Small Grants Fund (SGF).

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Workshop participants at Akanda National Park

Capacity-building in Gabon to Conserve Migratory Waterbirds

Gabon has completed a project aiming to enhance technical and operational capacity to support the survey and monitoring of migratory waterbirds and their habitats in the country.

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© Hichem Azafzaf

The 5 North African Countries Update and Share Their Entire International Waterbird Census Database

The Mediterranean waterbirds network was launched in 2011 by the Tour du Valat research centre for the conservation of Mediterranean wetlands (TdV) and the French Agency for Wildlife and Hunting Management (ONCFS) in order to improve and strengthen the International Waterbird Census (IWC) in the Mediterranean, with a special focus on North Africa.

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© Sergey Dereliev,

In Focus: AEWA Conservation Guideline No. 7 - Guidelines on the Development of Ecotourism at Wetlands

Tourism is an important source of income for many countries. Nature-related tourism is a world-wide phenomenon that is expanding rapidly.

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