Next Steps Agreed for the Establishment of a European Goose Management Platform under AEWA

Range states and key stakeholders came together in Paris on the 11-12 May to agree on the modalities for establishing a European Goose Management Platform under AEWA. The meeting was hosted and organized by the French Ministry of the Environment, Energy and the Sea as well as OMPO in Paris and represents a major turning point in the way AEWA Range States manage their shared migratory waterbirds.

13 May 2016

World Migratory Bird Day 2016 - "… and when the skies fall silent?"

Join the celebration of a great natural wonder on World Migratory Bird Day! Take action and celebrate, conserve and raise awareness of migratory birds on or around 10 May 2016 by organizing educational programmes, lectures, bird walks, visits to bird-watching sites, competitions, art exhibitions and other public events.

04 May 2016

AEWA Grant to Support WMBD 2016 Celebrations in Africa

The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) campaign is recognized and promoted as an effective means for increasing understanding of and raising awareness on the need for conserving migratory birds, including in the African region. The AEWA Plan of Action for Africa therefore promotes the annual celebration of WMBD in each AEWA African Contracting Party through the provision of seed-funding to support the organization of national events, as well through the organization of a major sub-regional WMBD event each year.

22 April 2016

AEWA Lesser White-fronted Goose Working Group Meets in Trondheim

The AEWA Lesser White-fronted Goose International Working Group came together in Trondheim, Norway for its third face-to-face meeting this week (12-14 April) hosted by the Norwegian Environment Agency at their premises. The meeting kicked off with an update on the current global status of the species presented by the Norwegian Ornithological Society (BirdLife Norway). Following a decision of the Working Group at its last meeting in 2012 to incorporate the eastern main population of the species - which occurs in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway - into the established international conservation framework under AEWA, detailed updates on the species were also presented for the first time in this forum by China and Japan.

15 April 2016

World Migratory Bird Day – Benefit Concert at Bonn University

For the fourth consecutive year the operatic choir, Chorale Lirica San Rocco from Bologna, Italy will be giving a benefit concert in Bonn, as part of the annual celebration of World Migratory Bird Day. The proceeds from the concert will be donated to a project related to bird conservation. The concert entitled “Flight through a Decade” includes a programme of ten arias taken from major works each set in a different country, mirroring the various States that birds pass through on their annual migration.

13 April 2016

Accession of Belarus Brings AEWA Membership to 76

Belarus has completed its accession process and deposited its instrument of accession with Agreement’s depositary, the Government of the Netherlands. Belarus will therefore become AEWA’s 76th Party on 1 April. Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe and has borders with the Russian Federation, Latvia. Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine.

31 March 2016

World Migratory Bird Day 2016 – Website Now Live

the website for the 2016 World Migratory Bird Day is now online and organizers are invited to register their events. The design of this year’s poster (see below) has also been finalized and print copies will be available along with other promotional materials such as postcards and stickers.

30 March 2016

Israel Hosts 13th Meeting of the AEWA Technical Committee

Bonn, 24 March 2016 – The 13th Meeting of the AEWA Technical Committee took place from 14 to 17 March at the kind invitation of the Government of Israel.

24 March 2016

New Flyway Campaign to Highlight Plight of the Swans

A ground-breaking awareness-raising campaign spanning the entire migration route of the Bewick’s Swan from its breeding grounds in Arctic Russia to its wintering areas in north-west Europe, will likely be making headlines this autumn. The expedition coined Flight of the Swans being led by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) in cooperation with a number of international partners, will be taking paramotorist Sacha Dench across 11 countries along the migration route of the Bewick’s Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii) starting in September 2016.

16 March 2016

AEWA’s Technical Committee to Convene in Israel

The 13th Meeting of the AEWA Technical Committee is taking place from 14 to 17 March at the kind invitation of the Government of Israel represented by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, in collaboration with the Israel Ornithological Center of the Society for the Protection of Nature. Israel, which joined AEWA in 2002, is located at the crossing point where the West Asia/East Africa and Black Sea/Mediterranean flyways intersect, making it an important Range State for many iconic species covered by AEWA such as cranes, storks, pelicans and waders.

15 March 2016