AEWA News

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 - see the location map. Situated in the south of Chad, the vast complex of floodplains, rivers and ponds of some 5,000,000 hectares is one of the largest Ramsar Sites in the world.

21 February 2017

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). Both species are globally threatened and are ranked as ‘Vulnerable’ in the IUCN Red List.

17 February 2017

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. This network had been supported by the MAVA Foundation for Nature and the French Ministry for Environment, Energy and the Sea (MEEM) and was primarily constituted by Groupe de Recherche pour la Protection des Oiseaux au Maroc (Morocco), Direction Générale des Forêts (Algeria), Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux" (Tunisia), Environment General Authority (Libya), the Libyan Society For Birds and the Egyptian Environment Affairs Agency.

17 February 2017

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.

10 February 2017

Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction

Today is ‘World Wetlands Day,’ 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. This convention, more commonly known as the Ramsar Convention, is a central partner of AEWA and CMS and is like CMS a member of the Biodiversity Liaison Group (BLG). The Ramsar Convention has 169 Contracting Parties and covers over 2,200 wetland sites, with a combined area of more than 2.1 million square kilometres.

01 February 2017

Appeal Launched to Support Emergency Monitoring of Waterbirds

An appeal to support emergency monitoring of waterbirds currently being hit by extremely cold weather in South-Eastern Europe, was launched by Wetlands International on behalf of the African-European Waterbird Monitoring Partnership today. Funds raised through the appeal will be used to support the work of field teams in South-Eeastern Europe to monitor the conditions of waterbirds and their cold weather refuges.

20 January 2017

Extreme Weather: AEWA Parties Requested to Take Emergency Measures

The sudden onset of winter in parts of Europe, particularly in the south-east of the continent, with extreme low temperatures and heavy snow storms has been affecting waterbird populations. In light of these harsh conditions, the AEWA Secretariat has contacted Contracting Parties that have been affected or potentially affected by the cold spell and encouraged them to evaluate the situation in their countries and consider enacting emergency measures, such as the temporary suspension of waterbird hunting.

18 January 2017

End of Year Message from the Executive Secretary of AEWA

The year 2016 which is now coming to an end has focused on implementing the resolutions adopted at the 6th Meeting of the Parties to AEWA which took place in November 2015. The 6th report on the state of conservation of migratory waterbirds has shown us that concerted actions at the flyway level could make all the difference and underpinned the actions taken nationally to deal with the global threats weighing on the future of far too many species. Thinking globally and acting locally is not just a slogan, it is also an effective way of proceeding.

20 December 2016

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. The workshop, which was co-organized by the Cameroon Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF) and the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat, with financial support from the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) in Switzerland, contributes to the implementation of Target 5.1 of the AEWA Plan of Action for Africa which aims to increase membership to AEWA.

20 December 2016

Task Force Statement on H5N8 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in Poultry and Wild Birds

The statement accessible below, from the United Nations Environment Programme/Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Co-Convened Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds is released in response to the recent H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) developments to inform stakeholders in governments, the poultry sector, disease control, wildlife management, site management and conservation sectors about the potential interaction between wild birds and the H5N8 HPAI virus and appropriate ways of taking action.

20 December 2016