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Dr. Jacques Trouvilliez, Executive Secretary, UNEP/AEWA Secretariat

End of the Year Message
by Jacques Trouvilliez

The year 2015 was full of meetings for AEWA – the Technical Committee, then the Standing Committee and finishing off with the 6th meeting of the Parties to the Agreement.

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© Aydin Bahramlouian

20th Anniversary of AEWA - People Behind the Scenes

The year 2015 sees the 20th anniversary of AEWA. For the past two decades, AEWA has provided the framework for international cooperation on the conservation and management of migratory waterbird populations in the region - also serving as an example for flyway cooperation around the globe.

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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

AEWA Small Grants Fund - 2015 Call for Proposals

The Secretariat of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) is calling for applications for the 2015 cycle of the AEWA Small Grants Fund.

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White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala) © Amir Bendov

Projects Selected for AEWA Small Grants Fund

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce that three projects from three AEWA Contracting Parties in Africa - Côte d’Ivoire, Morocco and Togo - have been selected for funding under the 2014 cycle of the AEWA Small Grants Fund (SGF).

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Spoonbills © Hichem Azafzaf

VIII International Spoonbill Workshop

The VIII International Spoonbill Workshop convened under the auspices of the AEWA Eurasian Spoonbill International Expert Group was held from 23-29 November 2015 at Tour du Valat, near Arles, France.

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The AEWA Secretariat is seeking your help with two important surveys. The first concerns a review of the way AEWA presents its policy guidance to assist Parties with implementing the Agreement. The other relates to the redevelopment of the Critical Sites Network Tool originally launched in 2010 which is to be enhanced with additional features on planning for climate change adaption.

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MOP6 Side Events Other MOP6 Articles


Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) © Mathias Putze, Taiga Bean Goose (Anser fabilis fabilis) © Jari Peltomäki,, Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) © Wim Werrelman,, Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata) © Maurice Benmergui

Countries Commit to Tackling Multiple Threats to Migratory Waterbirds

New Action Plan for Seabirds, Eurasian Curlew, Grey Crowned Crane, Long-tailed Duck, Northern Bald Ibis, Shoebill and Taiga Bean Goose Adopted.

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AEWA MOP6 Coverage by ENB

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage, daily reports and a summary and analysis report from the 6th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA-MOP6).

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 Grey Crowned-cranes (Balearica regulorum) ©Shawn Olesen,

Opinion: Working Together for Migratory Birds and People Across Africa and Eurasia

One lesson that has been well and truly learned in nature conservation is that for policies to be really effective countries have to collaborate to address common problems.

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The Government of Germany receives the Migratory Species Champions Award © IISD

Migratory Species Champions Honoured at AEWA MOP6

After its launch at the CMS Conference of the Parties in November 2014, the second chapter of the Migratory Species Champion Programme was opened yesterday in Bonn in the margins of the first day of the 6th Meeting of the Parties to African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA).

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Celebrating 20 Years of Flyway Conservation in Action

The year 2015 sees the 20th anniversary of AEWA. For the past two decades, AEWA has provided the framework for international cooperation on the conservation and management of migratory waterbird populations in the African-Eurasian region - also serving as an example for flyway cooperation around the globe.

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Great White Pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus) © Sergey Dereliev,

The 2015 AEWA Conservation Award Goes to...

The winners of the 2015 AEWA Waterbird Conservation Award are: l’Association Inter-Villageoise du Ndiaël (the inter-village association of the Ndiaël) in the institutional category and Abdoulaye N’Diaye in the individual category.

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© Marie Mevellec

Stunning Collection of Bird Stories Unveiled at AEWA MOP6 Evening Reception

The opening day of AEWA MOP6 culminated with the reception at La Redoute in Bonn/Bad Godesberg last night. The presentation of a bilingual coffee table book “Stories from the Flyway,” published to commemorate the 20th anniversary of AEWA, became the emotional high point of the evening.

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African Wildlife Management Schools Commit to Supporting Waterbird Conservation

An important element contributing to the implementation of AEWA’s Africa Initiative is the Memorandum of Understanding signed by three leading sub-regional wildlife management schools in Africa — the Garoua Wildlife College (Cameroon), the College of Wildlife Management in Mweka (United Republic of Tanzania) and the Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute in Naivasha.

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White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)

Making Energy Bird-Friendly: Highlights of AEWA MOP6

The renewable energy industry is growing fast with substantial investments from governments and the private sector. The advance of clean power is welcome and could provide an invaluable contribution to meeting international targets on climate change.

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© Marie Mevellec

Action Plan for Africa: TSU Pays Tribute to the Enthusiasm of its African Partners

The Plan of Action for Africa (POAA) of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) was adopted at the 5th Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement (MOP5, La Rochelle, 2012) as part of the African Initiative.

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© Marie Mevellec

Poisoning through Lead Ammunition: Lessons Learned and Steps Forward

Lead ammunitions are responsible for poisoning and their use by hunters has been banned. Even if it is no longer subject of discussions as a result of scientific evidence, the implementation of this decision taken 1995 by AEWA Parties is still outstanding.

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

Conservation of Globally Threatened Geese under AEWA

At a side event, the Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS), the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) and the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat presented results of their conservation work for the Lesser White-fronted Goose and the Red-breasted Goose.

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MOP6 side event by Wetlands International © Marie Mevellec

Wetlands International: From the Arctic to Africa

It is hard to imagine any two environments more different than the Arctic tundra and the wetlands of Africa. Yet these contrasting zones are firmly connected by the invisible flyway that represents yearly migration routes of many waterbird species.

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Prof. Dr. Martin Wikelski presenting during the ICARUS and Movebank side event © Marie Mevellec

Helping to Save Storks from Space

A side event on a New Global Earth Observation System for Small Animals – ICARUS* and Movebank, was held on the first day of AEWA MOP6 by Martin Wikelski, the Director of the German Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell and a Professor at the University of Konstanz.

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Abdoulaye Ndiaye during a Training of Trainers Workshop in Cameroon

Big Plans for Africa: A Round of Questions and Answers from AEWA Experts

In preparation for the MOP6, we have sat down with AEWA experts to ask them about successes and challenges in their work, as well as future plans. Gathered around the table are Jacques Trouvilliez (AEWA Executive Secretary), Sergey Dereliev (AEWA Technical Officer) and Evelyn Moloko.

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© Szabolcs Nagy, Wetlands International

Interview with Szabolcs Nagy from Wetlands International - Author of the Conservation Status Report

The International Conservation Status Report is the only report the AEWA Secretariat produces for each session of the Meeting of the Parties. It enjoys this special status because the Agreement aims to maintain or restore a favorable conservation status of migratory waterbird populations.

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Waterbird monitoring © Szabolcs Nagy

New Report Lays Out Conservation Status of Migratory Waterbirds

The Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) has presented the 6th Edition of the Conservation Status of Migratory Waterbirds in the Agreement Area.

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© Szabolcs Nagy

The Importance of Monitoring Migratory Waterbirds

Waterbird monitoring is an essential tool to implement the Agreement. Monitoring allows species to be prioritized for action more effectively and therefore limited resources can be better targeted on conservation.

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Cape Gannets (Morus capensis) © Sylvain Cordier

Scientists Point out Possible Solutions to Address Impact of Marine Fisheries on Seabirds

How do marine fisheries impact on migratory seabirds in sub-Saharan Africa? A Review presented at the 6th Meeting of the Parties to the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) considers 54 seabirds covered by AEWA, an international treaty administered by the United Nations Environment Programme.

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Pink-footed Geese (Anser brachyrhynchus) © Jari Peltomäki

When Birds and People Enter into Conflict - The Pink-footed Goose, a Case of Sustainable Species Management

The conservation of migratory birds tends to be automatically associated with a struggle against all threats they have to face and that cause their progressive decline.

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Grey Crowned-cranes (Balearica regulorum) © Wim Werrelman

Concerted Action and Sustainable Management of AEWA’s Waterbirds

While the conservation status of many species unfortunately continues to deteriorate, improvements can be noted in cases where concerted measures and actions are being undertaken.

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