News Round-up: TSU Events and Activities

The following is a collection of guest contributions from the Technical Support Unit (TSU) to the AEWA African Initiative.

19 December 2014

Workshop on Improving Waterbird Count Data in French-speaking African Countries

The Technical Support Unit (TSU) to the AEWA African Initiative organized and conducted a technical workshop on improving the quantity and quality of data from waterbird counts related to the International Waterbird Census (IWC). This technical workshop took place in Dakar, Senegal from 9 to 13 December 2014 and was intended primarily for database managers from AEWA's francophone African Contracting Parties and aimed to check, update and complement existing databases on waterbird counts.

19 December 2014

Workshop to Strengthen Waterbird Monitoring in North Africa Held in Tunis

A programme in support of the International Waterbird Census (IWC) has been initiated in the Mediterranean region by Tour du Valat, the Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage (ONCFS - national office of hunting and wildlife) and Wetlands International with the backing of the French Environment Ministry (MEDDE) and the MAVA Foundation.

19 December 2014

Successful Completion of AEWA SGF Project in Ghana

The Center for African Wetlands (CAW) in Ghana has recently finalized its project co-funded by AEWA entitled “Priority setting and conservation of migratory waterbird species at key coastal sites in Ghana”. The project aimed at gaining a better understanding of trends in populations of waterbird species, reviewing the importance of Ghana’s coastal wetlands for waterbirds as well as advocating enhanced management of designated Ramsar sites and protection of other key sites for waterbirds. Financial support was provided by the AEWA Small Grants Fund (SGF).

18 December 2014

H5N8 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in Poultry and Wild Birds

Statement of the Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds on recent developments concerning H5N8

03 December 2014

Arctic Biodiversity Congress in Trondheim

Bonn / Trondheim, 2 December 2014 - The Arctic Council’s working group on the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) is organizing the Arctic Biodiversity Congress, taking place in Trondheim, Norway, from 2-4 December, in conjunction with the Norwegian Environment Agency

02 December 2014

Boost for Waterbird Conservation Project in Senegal from AEWA Small Grants Fund

Bonn, 30 October 2014 – A waterbird conservation project in Senegal, co-funded in the framework of the AEWA Small Grants Fund (2012 cycle), has just been successfully completed.

30 October 2014

Lesser Flamingo Conservation Project Successfully Completed in Uganda

Bonn, 29 October 2014 - An AEWA-funded waterbird conservation project has been successfully completed in Uganda.

29 October 2014

Winners of the World Migratory Bird Day Competition Announced

Held under the World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2014 campaign theme “Destination Flyways: Migratory Birds and Tourism”, the WMBD Photo Competition aimed to highlight the potential of sustainable tourism to be a tool for protection of migratory birds and their habitats. Like migratory birds and tourists, the WMBD Photo Competition was able to cross frontiers and reach many different locations. In total, we received 37 stunning photos of migratory birds taken in 22 different destinations around the world.

15 October 2014

Burundi Becomes AEWA’s 74th Contracting Party

AEWA’s membership will grow to 74 Contracting Parties as of 1 October 2014, with the Republic of Burundi being the latest country to join the Agreement. Burundi is a landlocked country in the African Great Lakes region in the south-east of the continent, bordered by Rwanda to the north, the United Republic of Tanzania to the east and south and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. Much of its southwestern border is adjacent to Lake Tanganyika, the second largest freshwater lake in the world by volume.

27 August 2014