2 December 2013 - A one day coordination meeting focusing
on the issue of bird netting in Egypt and Libya took place
at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany on 29 November 2013.
It brought together participants from
both government and non-governmental sectors from Egypt,
Libya and Germany as well as from BirdLife International
and the Chairs of the scientific bodies and relevant working
groups of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and
the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA).
The aim of the meeting was to take stock
of the latest available information on the issue of bird
netting in both countries and to agree on a Plan of Action
on bird trapping for the Mediterranean coast of Egypt and
The widespread hunting and trapping of migratory birds
in both countries, especially through the use of mist nets
along vast stretches of the Mediterranean coast, has repeatedly
been raised by leading conservation organizations and the
media as an issue of international concern affecting millions
of migratory birds which cross the Mediterranean Sea from
Europe to Africa.
The coordination meeting was organized by the UNEP/AEWA
Secretariat and made possible through funding from the German
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation
and Nuclear Safety (BMU).
Further information and a summary of the meeting outcomes
as well as selected video interviews with meeting participants
will be made available on the AEWA
website on 3 December 2013.