World Migratory Bird Day 2012 and AEWA Conference in La Rochelle Put Spotlight on Migratory Birds

World Migratory Bird Day 2012 will be celebrated on 12 - 13 May 2012 with the theme "Migratory birds and people - together through time". It will take place on the weekend right before the 5th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA MOP5), which runs from 14 to 18 May 2012 in the French port city of La Rochelle. [read on]

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The Countdown Is on for the 5th Meeting of the Parties to AEWA in La Rochelle, France

Next week, from 14 – 18 May 2012, more than 200 delegates from Contracting Parties, non-Party Range States and non-governmental and international organizations involved in migratory waterbird conservation in the African-Eurasian region will come together in La Rochelle, France to decide on the programme of the Agreement for the next three or four years. Topics on the agenda of the meeting include: Impacts of power lines, extractive industries, renewable energy developments, agrochemicals, alien species and climate change on migratory waterbirds, the importance of waterbird monitoring, promotion of twinning schemes and strengthening the implementation of AEWA, particularly in Africa. [read on]

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Innovative Reports Reveal the Urgency for Strengthened Efforts to Improve the Status of Migratory Waterbirds and Their Key Sites

In 2010, the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat contracted Wetlands International to produce the 5th edition of the Report on the Conservation Status of Migratory Waterbirds in the Agreement Area and the first ever Report on the Site Network for Waterbirds was commissioned in 2011. Both international reviews will be presented at the MOP, although the report on the Site Network is only preliminary at this stage. Both reports highlight the urgent need for strengthened implementation of conservation measures within the AEWA region in order to improve the status of migratory waterbirds as well as their key sites. [read on]

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Strong Focus on Africa at AEWA MOP5

The AEWA African Initiative, adopted at the 4th Meeting of the Parties (MOP4) to AEWA, in 2008 in Madagascar, has drawn attention to the concerns for migratory waterbird conservation in the African region! There are critical issues for discussion on the AEWA MOP5 agenda which have a direct or indirect implication on the future of the African Initiative and the overall implementation of the Agreement in Africa. [read on]

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AEWA MOP5 Side Event: AEWA International Species Working Groups – Guiding Single Species Action Plan Implementation

Following the adoption of Single Species Action Plans for selected waterbirds covered by AEWA, the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat has convened inter-governmental Species Working Groups to guide and coordinate their implementation. International Species Working Groups consist of government representatives and national experts from all range states of the species in question – not just Contracting Parties – thus enabling maximum coverage of the respective species flyways. Members agree on prioritised activities as well as issues related to fundraising, monitoring, scientific research and the protection of critical site networks. The work of each group is facilitated by a Coordinator. [read on]

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New AEWA Publications Launched at MOP5

In the run-up to the 5th Session of the Meeting to the Parties of AEWA (MOP5), the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce the launch of new publications, posters, and species stickers and banners. The publications and materials will all be made available to participants in hard copy at the meeting in La Rochelle, France and can also be downloaded from the AEWA Website in electronic format. [read on]

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