AEWA 20th Anniversary Statement – Melissa Lewis

During their annual movements, migratory waterbirds traverse multiple jurisdictions, the conservation laws and policies of which may differ considerably. It is thus unsurprising that, over the past century, a myriad of international instruments have been adopted to facilitate international cooperation in bird conservation. However, a shortfall of many of these instruments is that they have failed to encompass species’ entire migration routes—indeed, bird conservation in several regions continues to be facilitated through patchworks of bilateral legal agreements, in combination with non-binding initiatives.

25 March 2015

Mauritania Becomes AEWA’s 75th Contracting Party

Mauritania has completed its accession process and will join AEWA on 1 May 2015, as has been confirmed by the Agreement’s depositary, the Government of the Netherlands. This takes the total number of AEWA Contracting Parties to 75, of which 35 - a remarkable 47% - are from Africa. “We are delighted to welcome Mauritania to the Agreement”, said AEWA Executive Secretary Dr Jacques Trouvilliez, who thanked the Mauritanian authorities for their commitment.

20 March 2015

People behind AEWA - Jesper Madsen

Jesper Madsen is a professor in the Department of Bioscience at Aarhus University in Denmark and is Chairman of the Waterbird Harvest Specialist Group of Wetlands International and Coordinator of the AEWA International Species Management Plan for the Svalbard population of the Pink-footed Goose.

16 March 2015

Mission of the Technical Support Unit (TSU) in East Africa

The Technical Support Unit (TSU), represented by Abdoulaye Ndiaye, Directorate of National Parks, Senegal (DPNS) and François Lamarque, Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (MEDDE/DEB), carried out a mission to Kenya and Tanzania from 1 to 7 February 2015. The objectives of this mission were to (i) assess the feasibility of organizing a one-week workshop on wetland management plans for the Eastern and Southern African sub-regions; (ii) explore the feasibility of organizing a one-week training course on AEWA implementation and monitoring of waterbirds to take place at the College of African Wildlife Management (Mweka College) in Tanzania; (iii) attempt to link up Mweka College and Garoua Wildlife College, both specialized in wildlife management in Anglophone and Francophone Africa respectively.

04 March 2015

People behind AEWA - Kerryn Morrison

Kerryn is based at the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) in Johannesburg, South Africa and currently works in a partnership between the EWT and the International Crane Foundation. Her dedication to the African cranes sees her travelling across the continent and beyond – always on the go and looking for opportunities to set up new projects and to tackle the manifold challenges that so many of the African cranes face. She is also on the Steering Committee of the Wetlands International/IUCN Crane Specialist Group and is actively involved in international crane conservation issues such as the development of a global Crane Conservation Plan. Kerryn is the chief compiler of the International Single Species Action Plan for the Conservation of the Grey Crowned Crane, which is expected to be adopted by the AEWA Parties at their 6th Meeting this coming November.

04 March 2015

World Wildlife Day

Today is World Wildlife Day, chosen as it marks the anniversary of the signing of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) one of the two international treaties dedicated to the conservation of wildlife

03 March 2015

12th Meeting of the AEWA Technical Committee

The 12th Meeting of the AEWA Technical Committee will be taking place in Bonn from 3 to 6 March. This will be the Committee’s last meeting before the 6th Session of the Meeting of the Parties which will also be held later this year in Bonn from 9 to 14 November. The Committee’s main business will be elaborating draft Resolutions and other preparations for the MOP.

02 March 2015

Waterbird Census Capacity at Lake Nasser Strengthened

In June 2013 in El Kala, Algeria, during their AEWA Sub-regional National Focal Point meeting, all five North African countries agreed that Objective 3 of the AEWA Plan of Action for Africa - “to increase knowledge about species and their populations, flyways and threats to them as a basis for conservation action” - was to be the main priority for the sub-region during the current intersessional period. Within this objective, the expected result 3.1.1 which aims at increasing the quantity and quality of waterbird population data in Africa, is of particular concern for the Technical Support Unit (TSU) to the AEWA African Initiative.

22 February 2015

People behind AEWA – Tim Dodman

Tim lives on the remote Scottish island of Papa Westray, where he works from home adjacent to a nature reserve important for a number of AEWA species. When he is not being a freelance conservationist, he serves as fire-fighter, tour guide and license holder for the local shop and bar. Previously Tim has lived and worked in Somalia, Zambia and Senegal, whilst shorter missions have taken him to nearly 40 countries in Africa. His main areas of expertise are project development, capacity-building and community-based wetland conservation, whilst he has a deep awareness of wetlands and waterbird conservation issues in Africa.

20 February 2015

In Memoriam – Professor Dr. Jānis Vīksne

The AEWA Secretariat has learned with deep regret that Professor Dr. Jānis Vīksne passed away last Friday. He was a founder member and the first president of the Latvian Ornithological Society and had made a significant contribution to the conservation of birds in his home country of Latvia and beyond.

18 February 2015