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.

23 February 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

A Boost to the Conservation of Waterbirds Breeding in the Red Sea Islands in Egypt

The Nature Conservation Sector (NCS) of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) in close cooperation with Nature Conservation Egypt (NCE), recently completed a project aimed at boosting efforts towards waterbird conservation in the Red Sea coastal region in Egypt. This project was implemented from April 2011 to December 2014 and financed in the framework of the AEWA Small Grants Fund (SGF).

13 February 2015

White-winged Flufftail Project in Ethiopia Completed with AEWA SGF Support

The White-winged Flufftail (Sarothrura ayresi) was the focus of an AEWA Small Grants Fund (SGF) supported project which was recently completed by the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society (EWNHS), in the Berga wetland. The latter is an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) and site of critical importance for waterbirds - located in Ethiopia’s central highlands.

12 February 2015

People behind AEWA – Elvire Joëlle Zouzou épse Mailly

Joëlle Zouzou is the National Focal Point for Côte d’Ivoire, which is one of the newest countries to have joined AEWA having acceded in June 2013 thus becoming the 70th Party to the Agreement. Joëlle attended the École Nationale Supérieure d’Agronomie between 1991 and 1997 where she studied for her diploma as an agronomist specializing in water and forestry.

10 February 2015

World Wetlands Day

To mark World Wetlands Day today, Jacques Trouvilliez, the Executive Secretary of AEWA has written an opinion article (“Op-Ed”) emphasizing the importance of wetlands for the conservation of many migratory species and especially the waterbirds of the African-Eurasian Flyway.

02 February 2015

AEWA 20th Anniversary Statement – Øystein Størkersen

In the geographic region of AEWA I believe that most humans, if not all, have an interest in birds and the remarkable lives and migrations they lead. Birdsongs are part of every human childhood memory. Sadly the famous book ‘Silent Spring’ is today as relevant as ever and we therefore need to increase our efforts to look at how we in our daily activities can be sustainable and how we can restore habitats. Otherwise, we face the possibility that generations will grow up without the intimate relationship to the most famous species group in the world, because their populations are much depleted.

29 January 2015

AEWA MOP6 Cycle - Online National Reporting System Open

The UNEP AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce that it has launched the national reporting cycle for the 6th Meeting of the Parties (Bonn, Germany – 9-14 November 2015) with a technically enhanced version of the system first used for MOP5.

26 January 2015