AEWA News

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

The Central African Republic Accedes to AEWA as Party No. 78

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce the accession of the Central African Republic as AEWA’s 78th Party. The country’s membership to the Agreement took effect on 1 January. The Central African Republic is a landlocked country in the heart of the continent bordering with Cameroon, Chad, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and Sudan. The country has an area of just over 620,000 km2 and a population of 4.6 million (2016 estimates); the capital is Bangui.

08 January 2019

AEWA MOP7 Daily Coverage for Saturday, 8 December 2018

On the fifth and closing day of AEWA MOP7 in Durban (Saturday, 8 December 2018), delegates heard final reports from the Chairs of the Credentials Committee and the two Working Groups, the first on Scientific and Technical Matters and the second on Financial and Administrative Matters. Resolutions were adopted on the Aichi Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Amendments to the AEWA Annexes; Definitions and Interpretation of Terms Used in AEWA Annex 3; Treatment of International Species Action and Management Plans; Conservation of Seabirds; Monitoring of Migratory Waterbirds; Revised Conservation Guidance; Climate-Resilient Flyways; and the Standing and Technical Committees.

09 December 2018

AEWA MOP7 Daily Coverage for Friday, 7 December 2018

On the fourth day of AEWA MOP7 in Durban (Friday, 7 December 2018), delegates enjoyed a day of excursions offered by the host country to a number of exciting destinations located in and around the city of Durban. In the evening following the excursions, delegates were invited to a special Gala Dinner hosted by the Province of Kwazulu-Natal (KZN), which took place in the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

08 December 2018

AEWA MOP7 Daily Coverage for Thursday, 6 December 2018

Durban, 7 December 2018 - The third day of AEWA MOP7 in Durban (Thursday, 6 December 2018) was dedicated to detailed discussion in two separate working groups.

07 December 2018

AEWA MOP7 Daily Coverage for Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Discussion of substantive business got under way on the second day of the Seventh Session of the Meeting of Parties to AEWA on Wednesday, 5 December 2018. The first item discussed was the AEWA Strategic Plan 2019-2027, with Parties acknowledging that it contained ambitious objectives and for full implementation more resources would be required. Given current financial constraints, priority should be focused on the most pressing actions.

06 December 2018

New Study Predicts that African Waterbirds Will Suffer from Climate Change

A new study launched by Wetlands International and BirdLife International at AEWA MOP7 today, shows that many High Arctic breeding waders and African waterbirds are predicted to suffer more from the impacts of climate change than European birds. The latest climate change models reveal a disconcerting future for waterbirds in Africa, which can only be prevented through unprecedented collaboration across sectors and a strong alliance of countries committed to maintaining a Climate Resilient Network of sites important to waterbirds and people.

06 December 2018

AEWA MOP7 Daily Coverage for Tuesday, 4 December 2018

The seventh Meeting of the Parties (MOP7) to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) opened on Tuesday, 4 December in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, under the theme “Beyond 2020: Shaping Flyway Conservation for the Future”. The meeting was officially opened by Fernando Spina as Chair of AEWA MOP6, who thanked the Government of South Africa and the Municipality of Durban for hosting the meeting.

05 December 2018

Conservation Evidence at AEWA MOP7

You may have seen the University of Cambridge/Conservation Evidence stand at AEWA MOP 7 – if you haven’t, do head along and find out more. Conservation Evidence is a project gathering the scientific evidence for how well conservation actions work, from reducing seabird bycatch to legal protection of species and habitats. They are collecting information on the effectiveness of ways to save all species and all habitats everywhere in the world; they estimate that they are about two-thirds of the way there, having already gathered over 5,000 studies.

05 December 2018