Pan-African Ornithological Congress - Promoting the Conservation of Birds in Africa

The 14th Pan-African Ornithological Congress (PAOC14) will take place in Dakar, Senegal from 16 to 21 October. The theme for this year’s Congress is ‘Global challenges: threats and opportunities for birds in Africa’. Meeting every four years, the PAOC aims to advance research, promote the conservation of African birds and highlight the importance of birds and their relation to people.

14 October 2016

AEWA Workshop in Croatia - Enhancing the Implementation of AEWA

A regional workshop aiming to enhance cooperation and implementation of AEWA for countries situated along the Adriatic Flyway was held 13 – 15 September in Samobor, Croatia. The Adriatic Flyway is an important corridor which runs along the east coast of the Adriatic Sea for waterbirds migrating between the eastern half of Europe and North and sub-Saharan Africa. Twice a year large numbers of waterbirds use this flyway to migrate between their breeding and wintering grounds.

12 October 2016

“Flight of the Swans” Highlights Conservation Efforts in Estonia

Today the “Flight of the Swans” sees events happening in Estonia. The campaign will track the Bewick’s Swanon its migration route from the Russian Arctic to Britain. Flying a paramotor, British conservationist Sacha Dench is following the migration route of the Bewick’s swans to understand the challenges these waterbirds face. Although she has been making good progress on her travels through Russia, poor weather and other logistical challenges caused the expedition to run behind schedule. On her behalf, her colleagues from Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) will participate in a national action planning workshop and community events in Tartu organized by educational institutions and nature conservation agencies in Estonia.

10 October 2016

AEWA Adriatic Flyway Workshop in Samobor, Croatia

Bonn/Samobor – 9 September 2016 – A regional workshop aiming to enhance cooperation and implementation of AEWA for countries situated along the Adriati

12 September 2016

Good News for Reducing Poisoning Pressures on Waterbirds and Scavengers

The world’s largest conservation event – the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress has adopted an important motion to help make lead ammunition a poison of the past. Lead poisoning from ammunition sources is a long standing problem and it is known to contribute to population declines as well as creating extensive avoidable deaths and sickness amongst waterbirds and scavengers such as vultures.

12 September 2016

Wadden Sea Day – Celebrating a World Heritage Site Important to Migratory Birds

To mark Wadden Sea Day 2016 a special event was held yesterday, focusing on the great importance of the area as a staging post for the millions of birds that seek food and shelter there during their migration along the East Atlantic Flyway. So vital is the Wadden Sea to the survival of migratory birds that when it was placed on the World Heritage List in 2009 (extended in 2014), UNESCO called upon the Wadden Sea States to strengthen their cooperation with other countries on the African-Eurasian Flyways.

26 August 2016

In Memoriam - Hans Lukas “Luc” Hoffmann

The ornithological world has lost one of its most inspiring benefactors with the death on 21 July of Hans Lukas “Luc” Hoffmann, the renowned conservationist and philanthropist, who has passed away at the age of 93 in his beloved Camargue.

27 July 2016

In Memoriam – Hugh Boyd

Hugh was a pioneer of waterbird science and helped lay the foundations of AEWA as well as being a great supporter of the Ramsar Convention. In the UK, he helped establish from scratch a great deal of the essential work, now taken for granted, such as systematic counts, the use of ringing in understanding demographics, studies of age ratios and aerial surveys.

07 July 2016

AEWA Strategic Plan Revision Process Starts in Bonn – Top Priorities for Flyway Conservation Identified up to 2027

The development of a revised strategic plan for the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) for the period 2019 – 2027 was formally launched at the meeting of the AEWA Strategic Plan Working Group held 28 – 30 June at the United Nations Premises in Bonn, Germany.

01 July 2016

CMS Family Welcomes Incoming UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim

Erik Solheim has taken up his appointment as the new Executive Director of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), replacing Achim Steiner, who served as Executive Director of UNEP for ten years from 2006.

27 June 2016