AEWA News

First “World Curlew Day” to be Launched Tomorrow

With their long downcurved bills and distinctive call (“cur-loo”), curlews are among the most recognizable of all wading birds. But these large, long-lived shorebirds are also among the most threatened migratory birds on Earth: Two of eight curlew species have not been seen for decades and, tragically, may well be extinct (the Eskimo and the Slender-billed Curlew). Another three (the Eurasian, the Bristle-thighed, and the Far Eastern) are listed as being of conservation concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

20 April 2018

Meetings of AEWA Bodies in 2018

As previously announced in the December edition of the AEWA e-Newsletter (December 2017), 2018 is a busy year for AEWA with meetings scheduled for the Technical Committee, the Standing Committee and the Meeting of the Parties. Arrangements for all three are progressing well.

10 April 2018

International Conference Calls on Governments for Action to Combat Illegal Killing, Poisoning and Illicit Trade of Wild Birds in the Adriatic Flyway

From 19 to 23 March 2018, the 3rd Adriatic Flyway Conference took place in Fruška Gora National Park, Serbia, organized by EuroNatur and the Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (BPSSS, BirdLife Serbia). At this meeting, Officials of the Government of Serbia and more than 80 experts and affiliates of Bird Conservation NGOs from central and south-eastern European countries presented and discussed recent findings on the monitoring of migratory bird populations, their conservation status, ecological dynamics and their habitats in the Adriatic Flyway region.

29 March 2018

AEWA Conservation Award 2018 - Call for Nominations

Institutions and citizens from all nations are invited to nominate individuals or institutions – governmental and non-governmental, including community groups or private sector enterprises – of any country in the Agreement area for the fifth edition of the AEWA Waterbird Conservation Award. If you wish to nominate an individual or institution deserving particular merit, please submit your nomination to the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat, to Ms. Catherine Lehmann (catherine.lehmann@unep-aewa.org). The deadline for submission of nominations is 4 June 2018.

27 March 2018

Tilburg to Host International Wildlife Law Conference

The 18th International Wildlife Law Conference is taking place from 18 to 19 April 2018 in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The conference is being organized by Tilburg University’s Department of European and International Public Law in partnership with the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy of Stetson University College of Law, USA. Participants are drawn from a wide range of professional fields associated with conservation, including lawyers, policymakers and scientists and from all corners of the world with Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Australia all represented.

19 March 2018

White-winged Flufftail – Exciting New Discovery in South Africa

BirdLife South Africa announced exciting news last Saturday reporting the important discovery of only the second breeding site in the world for the Critically Endangered White-winged Flufftail (Sarothrura ayresi) and the first ever in South Africa. Previously, the only known breeding site was in the Berga wetland of Ethiopia, leading ornithologists to believe that the species was a non-breeding visitor to South Africa, with some mystery surrounding how it covered the 4,000 km distance between the two countries.

19 February 2018

Making Do with Less

A new study on how strategies for managing waterbird harvests in Europe can be formulated on the basis of limited data has just been published in the journal Ecological Applications. The study was carried out by waterbird specialists from Aarhus University, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Finnish Wildlife Agency and the Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage (French Wildlife and Hunting Agency), who cooperate in the framework of the AEWA European Goose Management Platform (EGMP).

14 February 2018

Boost for Waterbird Monitoring in Seven AEWA Parties in Africa

Waterbird data in seven AEWA African Contracting Parties along the high-priority West-Asian/East African Flyway received a boost under a project supporting the International Waterbird Census (IWC). Over the period 2016 - 2017, waterbird counts were carried out at some 100 sites in Burundi, Chad, Madagascar, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania.

07 February 2018

National Reporting System Ready for AEWA MOP7

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce that it has launched the national reporting cycle for the 7th Meeting of the Parties (South Africa, 4-8 December 2018) with a technically enhanced version of the MEA Online Reporting System (ORS) first used in the run-up to AEWA MOP5. Credentials and passwords have been sent to all AEWA national focal points and correspondents, and the deadline for submitting the reports is 7 June 2018.

06 February 2018

Focus on the White-headed Duck in Morocco

The Research Group for Bird Protection in Morocco (GREPOM) has successfully completed a project which contributes to improving the conservation status of the White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala) in Morocco. The project which received support from the AEWA Small Grants Fund was conducted over the period of February 2016 to November 2017.

05 February 2018