Celebrating 40 Years of Protecting Wild Birds in the EU

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the EU Birds Directive (Council Directive 79/409/EEC of 2 April 1979 on the conservation of wild birds), which has been a crucial cornerstone for the protection of birds within Europe and has acted as the basis for much of the environmental policy developed within the EU. Adopted on 2 April 1979 (and amended in 2009) it is – in fact, one of the oldest pieces of EU legislation on the environment.

02 April 2019

Second Meeting of the EGMP Modelling Consortium held in Kalø, Denmark

The second meeting of the European Goose Management Platform’s International Modelling Consortium successfully took place from 21 to 22 March 2019, in Kalø, Denmark. The Consortium, which is coordinated by the EGMP Data Centre at Aarhus University, is collaborating on the development of goose population models. The first meeting, was also held in Kalø in January last year.

01 April 2019

AEWA Technical Committee Meets in Bonn

The 15th Meeting of the AEWA Technical Committee is scheduled to take place in Bonn 9-11 April, the first time since last year’s 7th Session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP7) in Durban, South Africa. As well as taking reports form the Secretariat and Regional Representatives, the Technical Committee will be electing its officers for the period 2019-2021, including a replacement for the outgoing Chair, Dr Saulius Svazas of Lithuania, who stepped down at MOP7 after concluding his two terms as member of the Committee.

27 March 2019

In Memoriam: Lew Young, Chief Executive of EAAFP

The staff at the AEWA Secretariat were shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Dr Lew Young, the Chief Executive of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP). Lew, who was 60 years old, died yesterday of a heart attack while attending a meeting in Beijing. Lew was a passionate conservationist and a good ally to both AEWA and CMS and he was a strong advocate of the EAAFP participating fully in the World Migratory Bird Day campaign. He will be sorely missed.

06 March 2019

IX International Spoonbill Workshop

The outcomes of the IX International Spoonbill Workshop organized by the AEWA Eurasian Spoonbill International Expert Group (AEWA ESIEG) are now available on the AEWA website. The workshop took place in Djerba, Tunisia from 14 to 18 November 2018 and was made possible through the dedication of of the Tunisian BirdLife partner, l’Association des Amis des Oiseaux and the Tour du Valat.

22 February 2019

Inger Andersen Appointed as UNEP Executive Director

Inger Andersen of Denmark is the new Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme. Her nomination to the post by UN Secretary-General António Guterres was approved by acclamation by the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, 20 February.

22 February 2019

Serbia Accedes to AEWA as Party No. 79

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce the accession of the Republic of Serbia as AEWA’s 79th Party with the country’s membership of the Agreement taking effect on 1 March. Serbia is a landlocked country in the Balkans peninsula, and its capital is Belgrade. The country’s terrain is characterized by its location in the Balkan Mountains and on the Pannonian and Wallachian Plains.

13 February 2019

Call for Applications – AEWA Training of Trainers Workshop on Flyway Conservation

The Secretariat of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (UNEP/AEWA) is pleased to announce the call for applications for a Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop on the Flyway Approach to the Conservation and Wise Use of Waterbirds and Wetlands, scheduled to take place from 6 to 10 May 2019 in Cotonou, Benin, at the kind invitation of the Government of Benin.

04 February 2019

World Wetlands Day - We Are not Powerless Against Climate Change

Tomorrow is World Wetlands Day, organized as ever by the Ramsar Convention and this year being conducted under the slogan “we are not powerless against climate change”. Wetlands are not only important as waterbird habitat, which explains why AEWA and Ramsar work so closely together, but their natural power can be harnessed to help in the fight against climate change.

01 February 2019

Bradnee Chambers 1966-2019

The AEWA Secretariat was sad to learn that the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), Dr. Bradnee Chambers, passed away on 23 January 2019 in his native Canada after a short illness. This is a tragic loss for the CMS Family and the United Nations. Bradnee became Executive Secretary of CMS in 2013 and led the Convention through the Conferences of the Parties in Quito in 2014 (COP11) and Manila in 2017 (COP12).

24 January 2019