7th Session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP7) to AEWA


Jackass Penguins © Mike Barth


The 7th Session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP7) to the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) will take place on 4-8 December 2018 in Durban, South Africa, at the kind invitation of the South African Government, represented by the Department of Environmental Affairs.

The slogan for MOP7 is “Beyond 2020: Shaping flyway conservation for the future”, which reflects the continuation of the good practices established and lessons learned throughout the implementation of the AEWA Strategic Plan 2009-2018, in connection with delivery against the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

MOP7 is a cornerstone meeting for AEWA and the last time the Parties will meet before 2020, where they will be taking stock of the results and outcomes from the 2009-2018 Strategic Plan. In addition, AEWA will be setting an ambitious path for the next decade by adopting a new Strategic Plan for 2019-2027.

The venue for the meeting will be the Olive Convention Centre, located in the heart of the city of Durban and close to the city’s famous Golden Mile, in KwaZulu-Natal Province.

The Participants Information Sheet (document AEWA/MOP7 Inf.1) and the Visa Information Sheet, as well as Information on Safety and Security in and around Durban (document AEWA/MOP7 Inf.4) are available under Information Documents below. Meeting documents are being uploaded as they become available.

Logistical preparations for this meeting are well underway. For more details, please contact Ms Catherine Lehmann (catherine.lehmann@unep-aewa.org), Executive Management Support Officer at the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat, or the Secretariat at aewa.mop7@unep-aewa.org.

Parties are requested to pay particular attention to the credentials of their representatives. In accordance with the Rules of Procedure adopted by the MOP, delegations should be granted powers by an appropriate authority (Head of State, Head of Government or Minister of Foreign Affairs) enabling them to participate and represent their governments fully in the businesss of the Meeting including adopting amendments to the Annexes, Resolutions and Recommendations.

Parties are strongly encouraged to send a copy of the credentials to the Secretariat in advance of MOP7, preferably by email and to submit the original before the opening of the session.

Sample letter of credentials


On arrival in Durban

The Government of South Africa will welcome you at the Durban airport at a dedicated welcome and information desk for AEWA MOP7 participants and be able to assist you with any questions upon arrival. You are kindly requested to make your own arrangements for a shuttle to your hotel in Durban. We recommend using a shuttle from the hotel, a taxi or the airport shuttle service from the airport. More information on the airport shuttle is available here.

As alternative to a hotel shuttle you may wish to book a transfer with Aquatours (recommended by the United Nations Department for Safety and Security) through the  airport transfer booking form.


To know more about the different programs, please download the Meeting Schedule of the 7th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA.


Should you have any questions regarding the organisation of your side event, please contact the Secretariat (E-mail: eva.meyers@unep-aewa.org or jeannine.dicken@unep-aewa.org).

Side Event Brochure


Should you have any question in organizing your exhibition please contact the Secretariat (E-mail: eva.meyers@unep-aewa.org or jeannine.dicken@unep-aewa.org).

The host government offers a choice of four excursions for all participants on day four of the meeting (Friday, 7 December 2018). This mid-conference excursion will be free of charge. Participants are requested to register for the excursion of their choice when registering for the meeting at the Olive Convention Centre.

Participants staying longer in Durban and wishing to book their own excursion/s before or after the meeting can find a selection of tours and excursions offered by Tourvest Travel Services at https://www.tourvesttravelservices.co.za/tours-and-excursions/

Please book your excursion directly with the provider.

Daily Coverage: Tuesday 4/12/2018

Daily Coverage: Wednesday 5/12/2018

Daily Coverage: Thursday 6/12/2018

Daily Coverage: Friday 7/12/2018

Daily Coverage: Saturday 8/12/2018

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Number Title Files
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7/Res. 7.1 Adoption and Implementation of the AEWA Strategic Plan and Plan of Action for Africa for the Period of 2019-2027
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7/Res. 7.2 AEWA's Contribution to Delivering the Aichi 2020 Biodiversity Targets and the Relevance of the Sustainable Development Goals
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7/Res. 7.3 Adoption of Amendments to the AEWA Annexes
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7/Res. 7.4 Adoption and Amendments of Definitions and Interpretation of Terms used in the Context of Table 1 of the AEWA Annex 3
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7/Res. 7.5 Adoption, Revision, Retirement, Extension and Implementation of International Species Action and Management Plans
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7/Res. 7.6 Priorities for the Conservation of Seabirds in the African-Eurasian Flyways
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7/Res. 7.7 Strengthening Monitoring of Migratory Waterbirds
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7/Res.7.8 Revision and Adoption of Conservation Guidance
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7/Res.7.9 Climate Resilient Flyways
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7/Res.7.10 Institutional Arrangements: Standing Committee
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7/Res.7.11 Instutional Arrangements: Technical Committee
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7/Res.7.12 Financial and Administrative Matters
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7/Res.7.13 Date, Venue and Funding of the 8th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7/Res.7.14 Tribute to the Organisers
Number Title Files
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.1/Rev.2 Provisional List of Documents
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.2 Rules of Procedure for the Sessions of the Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.3 Provisional Agenda
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.4/Rev.2 Provisional Annotated Agenda and Meeting Schedule
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.5/Rev.1 Admission of Observers
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.6 Report of the Standing Committee
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.7/Rev.1 Report of the Technical Committee to the 7th Session of the Meeting of the Parties
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.8/Rev.1 Report of the Depositary
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.9 Report of the Secretariat
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.10 Report on the Implementation of the AEWA Strategic Plan 2009-2018
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.11 Report on the Implementation of the African Initiative and the Plan of Action for Africa 2012-2018
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.12 Analysis of the AEWA National Reports for the Triennium 2015-2017
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.13 Report on the Implementation of the AEWA Communication Strategy
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.14/Corr.1 - NOT INCLUDING ANNEXES 7th Edition of the Conservation Status Report (CSR7) - not including annexes
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.14/Corr.1 - INCLUDING ANNEXES 7th Edition of the Conservation Status Report (CSR7) - including annexes
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.14 - ANNEX 1 7th Edition of the Conservation Status Report (CSR7) - Annex 1
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.14 - ANNEX 2 7th Edition of the Conservation Status Report (CSR7) - Annex 2
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.14 - ANNEX 3 7th Edition of the Conservation Status Report (CSR7) - Annex 3
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.15 Draft AEWA Strategic Plan 2019-2027
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.16 Draft AEWA Plan of Action for Africa 2019-2027 - A Guide to the Implementation of the AEWA Strategic Plan 2019-2027 in the African Region
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.17 Draft Format for National Reports on the Implementation of AEWA 2018-2020
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.18/Rev.1 Implementation Review Process - Report to MOP7
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.19 Proposals to the 7th Session of the Meeting of the Parties for Amendments to Annexes 2 and 3 of AEWA
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.20 Proposal to Amend the Definition of Significant Long-Term Decline and Establish a Criterion on Short-Term Decline to Apply when Classifying Populations in Table 1 of Annex 3 of the Agreement
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.21 Summary of the Current Status of Single Species Action Plan and Species Management Plan Production and Coordination with Recommendations to MOP for Extension, Revision or Retirement
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.22 Draft Revised Format and Guidelines for AEWA International Single and Multi-species Action Plans
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.23 Draft International Single Species Action Plan for the Conservation of the Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca) - Western Siberia & Northern Europe/NW Europe Population
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.24 Draft Revised International Single Species Action Plan for the Conservation of the White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala)
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.25 Draft International Single Species Action Plan for the Conservation of the Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus)
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.26 Draft International Single Species Management Plan for the Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis)
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.27 Draft International Single Species Management Plan for the Greylag Goose (Anser anser) - NW/SW European Population
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.28 Report on Plastics and AEWA Waterbirds: Incidence and Impacts
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.29/Rev.1 Advice on AEWA Priorities for Seabird Conservation
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.30 Draft Guide to Guidance to Reduce the Impact of Fisheries on AEWA Seabird Species
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.31 Report on the Development of Waterbird Monitoring along the African-Eurasian Flyways
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.32 Draft Guidance on Satisfying the Conditions of Paragraph 2.1.3 of the AEWA Action Plan
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.33 Draft Guidance on AEWA's Provisions on Non-native species
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.34 Guidance on Taking a Systematic Approach to Responding to Waterbird Declines: A Checklist of Potential Actions
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.35 Draft Revised AEWA Conservation Guidelines on Waterbird Monitoring (AEWA Conservation Guidelines No.9)
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.36/Rev.2 Report of the Secretariat on Finance and Administrative Issues in 2016-2018
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.37/Rev.1 Draft Scale of Contributions for the Triennium 2019-2021
UNEP/AEWA/MOP7.38 Draft Budget Proposal for the Triennium 2019-2021
Number Title Files
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Albania National Report of Albania (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Algeria National Report of Algeria (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Belgium National Report of Belgium (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Benin National Report of Benin (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Bulgaria National Report of Bulgaria (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Burundi National Report of Burundi (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Côte d‘Ivoire National Report of Côte d‘Ivoire (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Croatia National Report of Croatia (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Cyprus National Report of Cyprus (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Czech Republic National Report of Czech Republic (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Denmark National Report of Denmark (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Djibouti National Report of Djibouti (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Egypt National Report of Egypt (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Estonia National Report of Estonia (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Eswatini National Report of Eswatini (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Ethiopia National Report of Ethiopia (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Finland National Report of Finland (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/France National Report of France (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Georgia National Report of Georgia (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Germany National Report of Germany (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Ghana National Report of Ghana (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Guinea-Bissau National Report of Guinea-Bissau (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Hungary National Report of Hungary (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Israel National Report of Israel (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Italy National Report of Italy (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Kenya National Report of Kenya (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Latvia National Report of Latvia (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Lebanon National Report of Lebanon (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Libya National Report of Libya (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Luxembourg National Report of Luxembourg (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/FYR of Macedonia National Report of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Mali National Report of Mali (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Mauritius National Report of Mauritius (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Morocco National Report of Morocco (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Netherlands National Report of the Netherlands (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Niger National Report of Niger (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Norway National Report of Norway (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Portugal National Report of Portugal (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Republic of Moldova National Report of the Republic of Moldova (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Romania National Report of Romania (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Senegal National Report of Senegal (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Slovakia National Report of Slovakia (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Slovenia National Report of Slovenia (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/South Africa National Report of South Africa (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Spain National Report of Spain (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Sudan National Report of Sudan (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Sweden National Report of Sweden (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Switzerland National Report of Switzerland (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Syrian Arab Republic National Report of the Syrian Arab Republic (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Tunisia National Report of Tunisia (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Uganda National Report of Uganda (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Ukraine National Report of Ukraine (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/United Kingdom National Report of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (MOP7)
UNEP/AEWA/Nat.Report/MOP7/Zimbabwe National Report of Zimbabwe (MOP7)