AEWA News

The Eurasian Spoonbill International Expert Group Met in Zadar, Croatia, October 3-7, 2022, for its 10th International Workshop

Jointly organized by the Croatian Society for Birds and Nature Protection, the Department of Biology University of Osijek, the CASA Institute of Ornithology, and the Tour du Valat, Research Institute for the Conservation of Mediterranean Wetlands, this workshop gathered 29 participants from 15 different countries. The group was created in 1992, and this workshop takes place every three years. It involves staff from various nature conservation organizations, including scientists, members of NGOs, managers of breeding sites, students, all passionate about this emblematic wetland species.

19 December 2022

World Migratory Bird Day 2023 to Focus on Water

We are pleased to announce that next year’s World Migratory Bird Day campaign will focus on the topic of water and its importance for migratory birds. Water is fundamental to life on our planet. The vast majority of migratory birds rely on aquatic ecosystems during their life cycles. Inland and coastal wetlands, rivers, lakes, streams, marshes, and ponds are all vital for feeding, drinking, or nesting, and also as places to rest and refuel during their long journeys.

01 December 2022

Call for Proposals to Change Delineations of Waterbird Populations Listed on Table 1 of Annex 3 to AEWA

In preparation for the 9th edition of the AEWA Conservation Status Report (CSR9), the AEWA Technical Committee is calling for proposals to change existing delineations of AEWA populations in the light of new evidence.

30 November 2022

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 regional-level 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 February 2023 in Mauritius, at the kind invitation of the Government of Mauritius.

28 October 2022

AEWA MOP8 Daily Coverage for Friday, 30 September 2022

Budapest, 20 September 2022 – The final and closing day of AEWA MOP8 in Budapest (Friday, 30 September 2022) began with a special ceremony to honor two recipients of the AEWA Conservation Award as well as the recognition of a Champion Plus under the Migratory Species Champions Programme – a fundraising scheme designed to support the implementation of AEWA and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Family of Agreements.

30 September 2022

The RESSOURCE Project Presented Two Side-Events at the 8th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA

The RESSOURCE Project team presented the major results and outcomes obtained since 2017 in the five participating countries (Senegal, Mali, Tchad, Sudan and Egypt). The achievements covered a diversity of areas including waterbird monitoring, database management, wetlands conservation initiatives, support to Ramsar sites designation, socio-economic assessment of waterbird harvesting, legal analysis, training and capacity building.

30 September 2022

Cameroon Accedes to AEWA as Party No. 83

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce the accession of the Republic of Cameroon as AEWA’s 83rd Party with the country’s membership of the Agreement taking effect on 1 October 2022, one day after the 8th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA (MOP8). Cameroon hosts a wide range of migratory waterbird species, of which 186 populations are listed under AEWA, including populations of the Black Crowned-crane (Balearica pavonina), the African Comb Duck (Sarkidiornis melanotos), and the Little Tern (Sternula albifrons).

30 September 2022

Saving Africa’s Most Elusive Waterbird from the Brink of Extinction

We at BirdLife South Africa have a long history of engaging with AEWA and supporting the Agreement’s implementation. From coastal seabirds, to waders, to flufftails and flamingos, AEWA species feature prominently in our organisation’s efforts to better understand and protect birds and their habitats. We view these activities as important not only for birds themselves, but for biodiversity more broadly and, indeed, for people, whose health and livelihoods depend on the services delivered by healthy ecosystems.

30 September 2022

AEWA MOP8 Daily Coverage for Thursday, 29 September 2022

Budapest, 29 September 2022 – On the third day of AEWA MOP8 in Budapest (Thursday, 29 September 2022), delegates had the option of returning to the meeting venue to attend one or more of the 15 side events that were being offered by many key AEWA Partners and Stakeholders as well as from the side of the host country.

29 September 2022

AEWA’s African Initiative – Giving Wings to Waterbird Conservation in Africa

The African continent is famous for its rich and diverse fauna and flora. An increasing number of species in this fauna is under threat due to a variety of factors, including human induced impacts relating to unsustainable use or the loss and degradation of habitats, as well as natural factors including the effects of climate change or the incidence of diseases. One group of animals that is particularly under threat are migratory waterbirds, which travel large distances, often across international boundaries, to attain suitable habitats for breeding, feeding and wintering and  are thereby dependent on a network of habitats and sites (particularly wetlands) in various countries across their entire migratory range.

29 September 2022