AEWA News

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). The project, entitled “Strengthening National Capacity for sustainable conservation of Migratory Waterbirds in Guinea”, was funded under the 2013 cycle of the AEWA Small Grants Fund and implemented in the period 2014-2016. It contributed to the BirdLife/MAVA Foundation-funded Conservation of Migratory Birds Project (CMB).

06 March 2017

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. This project which lasted 16 months was led by the Gabon Ministry of Water and Forests, through the Directorate General for Wildlife and Protected Areas, under the 2013 cycle of the AEWA Small Grants Fund (SGF).

03 March 2017

World Migratory Bird Day 2017 Website Launched!

The 2017 World Migratory Bird Day website is now live, the registration of events is open! For more than ten years now, World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) has raised awareness about the need for conservation of migratory birds and their habitats, about the threats they face, their ecological importance, and about the need for international cooperation to conserve them. Every year people across the planet take action and organize public events such as bird festivals, education programmes, exhibitions and bird-watching excursions to celebrate WMBD. The main day for the international celebrations is 10 May, but activities can also be undertaken at any time of the year when the regional peak of migrations is best.

02 March 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 - 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