Mission of the Technical Support Unit (TSU) in East Africa

The TSU delegation, Abdoulaye Ndiaye, DPNS and François Lamarque MEDDE/DEB, carried out a mission to Kenya and Tanzania from 1 to 7 February 2015. The objective of this mission was to (i) assess the feasibility of organizing a one-week workshop on wetland management plans for sub-regions in Eastern and Southern Africa; (ii) study the feasibility of organizing a week of training on AEWA implementation and monitoring of waterbirds at the College of African Wildlife Management in Mweka (Tanzania); (iii) attempt to put the two training institutes for the management of the fauna in Anglophone Africa (Mweka) and Francophone Africa (Garoua) in contact with each other.

04 March 2015

People behind AEWA - Kerryn Morrison

Kerryn is based at the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) in Johannesburg, South Africa and currently works in a partnership between the EWT and the International Crane Foundation. Her dedication to the African cranes sees her travelling across the continent and beyond – always on the go and looking for opportunities to set up new projects and to tackle the manifold challenges that so many of the African cranes face. She is also on the Steering Committee of the Wetlands International/IUCN Crane Specialist Group and is actively involved in international crane conservation issues such as the development of a global Crane Conservation Plan. Kerryn is the chief compiler of the International Single Species Action Plan for the Conservation of the Grey Crowned Crane, which is expected to be adopted by the AEWA Parties at their 6th Meeting this coming November.

04 March 2015

World Wildlife Day

Today is World Wildlife Day, chosen as it marks the anniversary of the signing of CITES (the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) one of the two international treaties dedicated to the conservation of wildlife

03 March 2015

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.

02 March 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