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.
Patrons of Waterbirds around the world: from left to right: Harvey Nelson (USA), Hugh Boyd (Canada), Geoffrey Matthews (UK) and Eckhart Kuijken (Belgium) - Photo: Dougie Barnett
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.
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.
New Executive Director of UNEP, Erik Solheim: Photo Harry Wad
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.
Imagine for a moment that a delegate from a state has to prepare a briefing on flyway conservation ahead of a major international conference. Previously, this delegate would have had to wade through a bewildering array of websites, trawling the internet for relevant information on legislative action and jurisprudence on flyway conservation.
Every year more than 25 million of migratory birds are illegally killed or taken across the Mediterranean. They are shot or caught with nets and other indiscriminate traps. With the slogan “… and when the skies fall silent? Stop the illegal killing, taking and trade!”, World Migratory Bird Day 2016 highlighted the incredible numbers of migratory birds being lost each year as a result of these activities.
CIC 63rd General Assembly, Opening Ceremony - courtesy of the CIC, made by Eszter Gordon
Belgium hosted the 63rd General Assembly of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) under the slogan “Hunting is Conservation”, from 22 April to 23 April 2016 in Brussels. Some 400 participants from 36 countries from around the world attended the meeting, comprising international organizations, government delegations, hunting organizations, scientists and academics.
The CMS Family and BirdLife International joined forces at the Second Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) to raise awareness of guidelines devised to ensure that renewable energy installations are deployed in ways that have no adverse impact on migratory species such as birds and bats.
The EU LIFE+ project “Safeguarding the Lesser White-fronted Goose along its European Flyways” (LIFE10NAT/GR/638) is amongst this year’s winners of the European Natura 2000 Award, which were announced on the 23rd of May in Brussels during an evening awards ceremony hosted by the European Commission. The project came first in the category “Cross-border cooperation and Networking”.