Accession of Rwanda Raises the Number of AEWA Contracting Parties to 73

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is very pleased to announce that Rwanda’s instrument of accession has been submitted by the Government to the AEWA Depositary. The Agreement will enter into force for Rwanda as of 1 September 2014, thus increasing AEWA’s membership to 73 Parties. The Republic of Rwanda is a mountainous, landlocked country with an area of 26,328 km² located in the equatorial highlands of the Western or Albertine Rift Valley. It is bordered by the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, Burundi to the south, Uganda to the north and the United Republic of Tanzania to the east.

18 July 2014

AEWA Small Grants Fund 2014 - Call for Proposals

The Secretariat of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) is calling for applications for the 2014 cycle of the AEWA Small Grants Fund.
The AEWA Small Grants Fund aims to promote the implementation of AEWA in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The Fund supports AEWA-related conservation activities, for example species and habitat conservation, training and awareness-raising for different target groups, survey and monitoring of species and sites, and livelihood-related activities.

02 July 2014

Talks with Cameroon Government and Wildlife Institutes Promote Accession to AEWA and Capacity-Building for Conservation Training

A series of AEWA-related meetings – undertaken by the Technical Support Unit (TSU) and the Coordinator of the African Initiative of AEWA - took place in Cameroon from 9 to 17 June 2014 with the aim of building capacity for conservation training and promoting the country’s accession to AEWA. The week of meetings with Cameroonian stakeholders started with representatives of the Technical Support Unit (TSU) to the African Initiative of AEWA undertaking a field mission to the Garoua Wildlife College from 9 to 13 June 2014. The college plays a central role in developing key competencies in wildlife management throughout the continent, in particular in providing wildlife-related training for Francophone experts in sub-Saharan Africa.

24 June 2014

First UN Environment Assembly Meets in Nairobi

The First UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) opened today at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya, and will continue until 27 June 2014. The conference marks a historic milestone in UNEP’s 43-year history and is being attended by over 1,200 high-level participants from government, business and civil society making UNEA the highest-level UN body ever convened on the environment. The overarching theme of the first UNEA is “A Life of Dignity for All - Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, including sustainable consumption and production” and the conference is expected to deliver a number of outcomes that will result in actions to address key environmental challenges faced by the world today.

23 June 2014

AEWA MOP6 in 2015 Scheduled to Take Place in Bonn, Germany

The 6th Session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP6) to AEWA is scheduled to take place on 9 - 14 November 2015 in Bonn, Germany. The year 2015 also marks the 20th Anniversary of AEWA! The motto of the growing Bonn-based UN family, where the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is located, is United Nations in Bonn: for Sustainable Development Worldwide. This motto embraces diverse activities such as climate protection, combating desertification, voluntary service, early warning systems for the reduction of natural hazards, and, not least, the conservation of migratory species

12 June 2014

UNEP/AEWA Secretariat and BirdLife Botswana Embark on a New Partnership for the Implementation of the AEWA Slaty Egret International Species Action Plan

In May 2014 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat and BirdLife Botswana was signed to address the urgently needed international conservation measures for the globally threatened Slaty Egret (Egretta vinaceigula). The priority activities under the MoU relate to the servicing and coordination of the AEWA Slaty Egret International Working Group (SEIWG) and the overall coordination of the international implementation of the AEWA International Single Species Action Plan for the Conservation of the Slaty Egret, which is due for revision in 2022.

11 June 2014

Ian Fisher Takes Over as Coordinator of the AEWA Sociable Lapwing International Working Group

The Sociable Lapwing (Vanellus gregarius) is categorized as Critically Endangered by IUCN and is amongst the species of highest conservation priority on the AEWA list. To facilitate the urgently needed international cooperation necessary to implement the joint CMS/AEWA International Single Species Action Plan for the Sociable Lapwing (Vanellus gregarius), which is due for revision in 2022, the inter-governmental AEWA Sociable Lapwing International Working Group (SLIWG) was convened by the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat in 2010. The SLIWG, which comprises 13 range states, will coordinate and guide the implementation of the international Action Plan.

11 June 2014

First AEWA International Species Expert Group Set up for the Eurasian Spoonbill!

The first ever AEWA International Species Expert Group has been set up for the Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) by strengthening the affiliation of the longstanding International Spoonbill Working Group with the Agreement. The main focus of the group will continue to be the implementation of the AEWA International Single Species Action Plan for the Conservation of the Eurasian Spoonbill, adopted at the 4th Meeting of the AEWA Parties in 2008. To this end a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the AEWA Secretariat and the Werkgroep Lepelaar in the Netherlands and the Instituto de Ciencias Marinas y Limnológicas of the Universidad Austral de Chile (ICML-UACh). The Werkgroep Lepelaar (Spoonbill Working Group) is a Dutch NGO with the specific mission to improve the conservation of the Eurasian Spoonbill and with 30 years of national and international experience in the research and conservation of wetlands for spoonbills and associated waterbirds.

10 June 2014

Agencies join forces to promote environmental law through enhanced knowledge sharing

The Multilateral Environment Agreements and Knowledge Management Initiative (MEA IKM) seeks to develop harmonised and interoperable information systems in support of knowledge management activities among 18 MEAs for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large

10 June 2014

Dr Jacques Trouvilliez Appointed New Executive Secretary of the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce that the UNEP Executive Director has appointed Dr Jacques Trouvilliez as the new Executive Secretary of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA). He will begin his new role as head of the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat on 2 June 2014. With almost 30 years’ experience in the field of biodiversity conservation, Dr Jacques Trouvilliez has been strongly involved in the work and development of international environment agreements, such as AEWA, the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

02 June 2014