Celebrating 25 Years of AEWA
Over the past 25 years, a group of dedicated countries, organizations and people from across the African-Eurasian region have worked together in a common effort to protect migratory waterbirds and the habitats they need to survive. The work they have done collectively has been guided and carried out under the framework of an intergovernmental treaty called AEWA - the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds.
To mark the 25th Anniversary of the treaty, the AEWA Secretariat has put together this dedicated webpage, which brings together some of the history and highlights of the past 25 years of international waterbird conservation under AEWA. It also features an exciting new film that is being launched globally to coincide with the anniversary, which highlights the importance of a few of the critical waterbird sites found across the African-Eurasian Flyway. Last but not least, the visitor to this page will also find a growing collection of 25th Anniversary Statements by people that have helped shape and guide the work of the treaty to date.
The primary objective of AEWA is to protect waterbirds all along the African-Eurasian Flyway. Progressively many tools have been developed: guidelines on many issues including renewable energy and on the monitoring of waterbirds, to mention just two; international action plans for endangered species and more recently an Implementation Review Mechanism. The DNA of AEWA is clearly innovation and partnership, bringing together not only governmental authorities but also all stakeholders, from large NGOs to local partners. (Read more)
Dr. Jacques Trouvilliez, Executive Secretary of AEWA
Birth of a Treaty
A significant date in the development of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) is 16 June 1995 – twenty-five years ago – when negotiators representing 54 governments signed the ‘Final Act’. The rest is – as they say – history. [Read more]
People Behind AEWA
To mark the 25th Anniversary of the Agreement, the AEWA Secretariat has received statements from some of the key people who have helped shape the Agreement into what it is today, including from the two Honorary Patrons of AEWA. Their anniversary statements can be found below and more statements from across the flyway will be added to the dedicated 25th Anniversary Statements page over the course of the year. [Read more]
Take Part in the Conversation
Call for Cooperation
To coincide with the 25th Anniversary, the AEWA Secretariat and partners across the African-Eurasian Flyway developed a new ten minute film called “A Call for Cooperation: Saving the Places Migratory Birds Call Home”. The film was produced by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Center for Conservation Media and showcases the importance and beauty of a number of critical sites for migratory waterbirds found across the African-Eurasian Flyway. [Read more]
History of AEWA
15 Years of AEWA
To mark the 15th anniversary of AEWA, Dr Gerard C. Boere, an official of the Dutch Environment Ministry, who was one of the main driving forces behind the Agreement, wrote a book: ‘The History of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds’. The book covers the Agreement’s development and implementation in the period 1985-2000, within the broader context of waterbird and wetlands conservation.
Stories from the Flyway
20 Years of AEWA
To mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of AEWA, a commemorative coffee-table book entitled ‘Stories from the Flyway’ (‘Histoires de la voie de migration’) was produced by the AEWA Secretariat. The limited edition publication contains stunning photos of twenty key species listed in the Agreement’s appendices – all of them subject of species action or management plans and coordinated international efforts for their conservation or sustainable use. The idea behind the book was not only to present a selection of the spectacular waterbirds and their inspiring migrations covered by AEWA but also to highlight the extraordinary AEWA network: all the numerous people throughout the Agreement area who dedicate their efforts to these species.
25th Anniversary Mosaic : Arctic Tern © Sergey Dereliev, www.dereliev-photography.com; Cape Gannet © jacme31/Flickr.com; Eurasian Spoonbill © Anastasios Paul Leventis; White Stork © pixabay.com; Pink-footed Geese © Magnus Elander; Atlantic Puffin © pixabay.com; African Penguin © Sergey Dereliev, www.dereliev-photography.com; Black-tailed Godwit © Hans Overduin; Lesser Flamingos © Mark D. Anderson; Grey Crowned-crane © pixabay.com; Great White Pelicans © Sergey Dereliev, www.dereliev-photography.com; Northern Bald Ibis © Christoph Moning