AEWA Standing Committee Meeting Held in Uganda

Bonn/Kampala, 13 July 2015 - The 10th Meeting of the AEWA Standing Committee (StC10) was held from 8 to 10 July in Kampala at the kind invitation of the Ugandan Government.

The meeting was the first AEWA Standing Committee to take place in Africa and was an important milestone in the run-up to the 6th Session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP6) due to take place 9-14 November 2015 in Bonn, Germany.

At the three-day meeting, delegates reviewed a number of key documents which will be considered by AEWA Parties at MOP6, including the latest version of the 6th Edition of the Conservation Status Report (CSR6), a number of draft resolutions for adoption by MOP6, as well as new AEWA conservation guidelines and International Single Species Action Plans (ISSAPs).

Barirega Akankwasah, StC Vice Chair

“Being the first country in Africa to host an AEWA Standing Committee, we are happy about its great success. Significant decisions have been taken in particular regarding species action and management plans, conservation guidelines and the Waterbird Monitoring Initiative. Countries agreed on efforts to make renewable energy more bird-friendly and on arrangements to strengthen AEWA institutionally. I am confident that these positive decisions will later be adopted by MOP6. Their implementation will contribute significantly to better protect migratory waterbirds”, said Barirega Akankwasah, Representative of Eastern and Southern Africa and Standing Committee Vice Chair.

The Sixth Edition of the AEWA Conservation Status Report (CSR6), a draft of which was presented to the meeting, provides a long-term overview of the changing conservation status of migratory waterbirds covered by AEWA. According to this latest report, the conservation status of many waterbird populations continues to deteriorate. At the same time, the report shows that where concerted conservation and monitoring efforts are being taken, the conservation status of waterbird populations and our knowledge of them are improving.

Draft AEWA International Single Species Action Plans for the Grey Crowned Crane, the Taiga Bean Goose, the Long-tailed Duck and the Eurasian Curlew were reviewed by StC10 and will be submitted to MOP6 for adoption.

Draft guidelines on national legislation have been tabled to promote the protection of waterbirds and their habitats. A review of the conflict between migratory species and renewable energy technologies has served as a basis for the development of guidelines for the sustainable deployment of wind turbines and other installations.

AEWA StC10 also provided delegates with the opportunity to give guidance to both the Secretariat and to MOP6 on a number of institutional developments and challenges which will determine the future work of the Agreement in the years to come.

  • Meeting documents and further information related to AEWA StC10 can be found here.


Last updated on 26 August 2015

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