The African Initiative


Africa is of crucial importance for millions of migratory waterbirds such as herons, storks, ibises,  flamingos,  ducks,  geese,  cranes  and  numerous  other  species  which  depend  on  the continent’s wetlands for breeding, feeding, resting and nesting. The survival of many waterbird populations is, however, at risk. Particularly the Afro-tropical region has seen a – sometimes dramatic - decline, and it holds the largest number of AEWA populations on the IUCN Red List of globally threatened species.

The AEWA  African  Initiative  (in  full:  African  Initiative  for  the  Conservation  of  Migratory  Waterbirds and Their Habitats in Africa) is a package of support which aims to promote the implementation of AEWA in Africa and thus help conserve migratory waterbird populations under threat. The Initiative was adopted at the 4th  Session of the Meeting of AEWA Parties (Resolution 4.9) and became operational in 2009.  

Follow the links below to find out more about the African Initiative: