AEWA News

World Heritage Committee Meets in Cracow: Hope for the Yellow Sea

The 41st session of the World Heritage Committee is taking place in Cracow, Poland from 2 to 12 July 2017. Like every year, the representatives from 21 States Parties to the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage will identify, based on nominations submitted by States Parties, cultural and natural properties that need to be protected and decide which of those will be added to the World Heritage List.

05 July 2017

Four New Projects in Africa to Benefit from AEWA Small Grants Fund

Four projects from AEWA Contracting Parties in Africa have been selected for funding under the latest cycle of the AEWA Small Grants Fund. The projects – from Kenya, Mauritania, Nigeria and Zimbabwe - will receive a total of some USD 40,000 for conservation activities that will benefit AEWA species and their habitats. The successful project proposals were selected from among 19 entries submitted from 14 African countries, following an evaluation and approval process that involved the AEWA Technical and Standing Committees as well as the AEWA Secretariat.

06 June 2017

Record Numbers of Lesser White-fronted Geese Observed in Finland on Spring Migration

This spring a record number of Lesser White-fronted Geese (Anser erythropus) were observed at the traditional staging area on the Bothnian Bay Coast near the city of Oulu in northern Finland. Observers counted at least 121 individuals at Siikajoki, which is the highest number observed since 1963. The small Fennoscandian Lesser White-fronted Goose population is recognized as Critically Endangered within the European Union, and is currently estimated to number some 30 breeding pairs.

31 May 2017

Portuguese Version of the Agreement Text Is Available!

A Portuguese version of the Agreement text and its annexes as amended by the 6th session of the Meeting of the Parties in November 2015 is now available thanks to the kind financial support of the Government of Switzerland. The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is confident that this Portuguese version of the Agreement text will facilitate the implementation of AEWA by Lusophone Contracting Parties at the national level, as well as, promote the accession of Lusophone non-Party Range States.

30 May 2017

Energy Task Force Side Event: Reconciling Energy Developments with Migratory Species Conservation

Members of the Energy Task Force, including the CMS and AEWA Secretariats, BirdLife International, and the German Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) joined forces at the UNFCCC Bonn Climate Change Conference to raise awareness of the importance of reconciling migratory species conservation with the deployment of renewable energy and power lines globally.

23 May 2017

Energy Task Force Side Event Today: Reconciling Energy Developments with Migratory Species Conservation

Achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement requires scaling up of renewable energy whilst ensuring ecological integrity and biodiversity protection. Species conservation is one of the challenges. CMS has established a Multi-stakeholder Task Force on Reconciling Selected Energy Sector Developments with Migratory Species Conservation – the Energy Task Force - to address this issue internationally.

17 May 2017

Conserving Waterbirds in Africa’s Sahelo-Saharan Region

The partners of the RESSOURCE project meeting in Rome at the seat of the FAO from 9 to 11 May are keen to stress the importance of the conservation and sustainable use of migratory waterbirds in the Sahelo-Saharan region of Africa. The initial results of the project seem to indicate that hunting waterbirds for food is far from negligible and that it contributes to improving living conditions for local communities.

10 May 2017

World Migratory Bird Day Concert in Bologna

The Corale Lirica San Rocco will be giving a benefit concert in Bologna on 13 May, as part of the annual celebrations of World Migratory Bird Day. The operatic choir, which gave a concert in Bonn the last four years, will now perform in its home city. The matinee will start at 11.00 hrs in the historical Cappella Farnese di Palazzo D’Accursio.

09 May 2017

New Official Arabic Version of the Agreement Text is Published!

A new Arabic version of the Agreement text and its annexes as amended by the 6th session of the Meeting of the Parties in November 2015 was kindly provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in its capacity as Depositary of the Agreement. The translation was cleared by the AEWA Arabic-speaking Contracting Parties and finally approved by the AEWA Standing Committee in April 2017, as mandated by Resolution 6.2.

08 May 2017

Goose Management: From Local to Flyway Scale

A special volume of Ambio, the journal of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, has been recently published containing 14 articles based on material presented at the Gram Slot Conference on “Goose Management: Challenges 2015” held from 27 to 29 October 2015 in Denmark. Among the contributors are Jesper Madsen and David Stroud. Jesper is a professor at the Department of Bioscience at Aarhus University in Denmark, Chairman of the Waterbird Harvest Specialist Group of Wetlands International and Coordinator of the AEWA European Goose Management Platform Data Centre, whereas David is the former Chair of the AEWA Technical Committee and a longstanding UK National Technical Focal Point for AEWA.

27 April 2017