AEWA News

New Venue and Dates for the AEWA MOP8 in Budapest, Hungary

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat would like to inform all participants of the 8th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA (MOP8) of a change of the meeting venue, as well as an adjusted schedule for the meeting. The changes come after the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat was recently informed by the Government of Hungary that the AEWA MOP8 could no longer be hosted at the Hungexpo convention centre, as originally scheduled.

18 August 2022

Preventing Pandemics Together - Nature4Health Applications Now Welcome

The Nature for Health (N4H) initiative is currently inviting low-and middle-income countries to apply for technical support in implementing preventative One Health measures around the world. N4H is a global initiative, working to reduce future pandemics and related health risks by fostering locally developed and integrated approaches to secure the health of people, animals, and the environment at large.

18 August 2022

African Parties Get Ready for AEWA MOP8

In preparation for the upcoming 8th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA (MOP8), more than 50 participants from predominantly African countries convened for a four-day online preparatory meeting organized by the AEWA Secretariat from 4-7 July 2022. Participants used the Pre-MOP meeting to discuss key issues to be addressed at AEWA MOP8, with a particular focus on matters considered to be of high priority for waterbird conservation in Africa.

15 July 2022

Avian Influenza Continues to Impact Wild Migratory Birds: The Case of Prespa National Park

On 15 February 2022, an outbreak of avian influenza was detected at the Prespa National Park, in Greece, resulting in mass mortality events that have severely impacted the Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) breeding colony found in the Lesser Prespa Lake. The Dalmatian Pelican is classified as Near Threatened according to the IUCN and is listed under the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) – in Column A (categories 1a & 1c for the Black Sea & Mediterranean population) - and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) – on both appendix I and II. These migratory waterbirds are known to nest in colonies running along south-east Europe to east-central Asia.

06 April 2022

AEWA’s African Initiative Shines Focus on the Madagascar Pond-heron, White-winged Flufftail and Climate Change Adaptation Efforts

Millions of migratory waterbirds depend on Africa’s wetlands for breeding, feeding, resting and nesting. With the survival of many waterbird populations being particularly at risk in the Afro-tropical region, the AEWA African Initiative plays a crucial role by offering a package of support focused on promoting the implementation of AEWA on the continent

04 April 2022

African Regional Preparatory Meeting for AEWA MOP8 (virtual format)

 The African Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 8th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA (Pre-MOP8) will take place from 4-7 July 2022. Due to COVID-19 restrictions still in place, the meeting will be held in a virtual format. The AEWA African Pre-MOP8 will provide an important opportunity for the AEWA Contracting Parties in Africa to deliberate on the key issues related to migratory waterbird conservation which will be addressed at the 8th Session of the AEWA Meeting of Parties (MOP8) and, in this regard, review relevant documents to be submitted to MOP8.

03 March 2022

"Dim the Lights for Birds at Night!" – The World Migratory Bird Day 2022 Slogan Announced!

“Dim the Lights for Birds at Night!” has been selected as the official slogan of the 2022 edition of the UN-backed global World Migratory Bird Day campaign. This year, the campaign’s focus is on the impacts of light pollution on migratory birds.  “World Migratory Bird Day 2022 is not only about raising awareness on the negative effects of light pollution on migratory birds. We also hope the campaign will trigger concrete commitments and pledges from Parties, cities, and other key stakeholders across the world,” said Amy Fraenkel, Executive Secretary of CMS.

25 February 2022

Alert: Increased Risk of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Outbreaks in Wild Bird Populations in Africa

FAO recommends countries in Africa to be on high alert for wild bird mortalities due to H5 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). Given recent reports from West and Southern Africa detecting the virus in Great White Pelicans and coastal birds respectively, the risk of HPAI introduction into other African countries and outbreaks in wild bird populations is regarded as high. Countries should have in place enhanced measures for early detection, diagnosis and outbreak response, in both wild birds and poultry.

21 February 2022

17th AEWA Technical Committee Meeting Successfully Held Online

Bonn, 10 February 2022 – The 17th Meeting of the AEWA Technical Committee (TC17) was held virtually on 8 February, bringing together experts from a wide spectrum of fields as well as 14 Party Observers and several key partner organisations of the Agreement.

11 February 2022

Avian Influenza Task Force Statement on Recent HPAI Outbreaks in Wild Birds

The multi-stakeholder Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds has issued a statement in response to recent large-scale outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in wild birds reported in the UK, The Netherlands, Israel, and India.

25 January 2022