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

AEWA MOP8 Daily Coverage for Wednesday 28 September 2022

The Eight Meeting of the Parties (MOP8) to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) resumed in two working groups on the second day of the meeting. Following regional consultations in the morning, Working Group I resumed their deliberations on the Budget, while Working Group II on Scientific and Technical Matters reviewed and agreed on amendments to draft resolutions and other documents to be tabled for adoption in plenary on Friday, 30th September.

29 September 2022

AEWA MOP8 Daily Coverage for Tuesday 27 September 2022

The Eight Meeting of the Parties (MOP8) to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) opened on Tuesday, 27 September in Budapest Hungary, under the theme “Strengthening Flyway Conservation in a Changing World”. The meeting was officially opened by Ms Flora Mokgohloa (South Africa) as Chair of AEWA MOP7, who thanked the Government of Hungary for hosting the meeting.

28 September 2022

New Guidelines to Help Countries to Better Plan Climate Change Adaptation Measures for Migratory Waterbirds

Climate change is already negatively affecting many waterbird species and new Complementary Guidelines on Climate Change Adaptation Measures for Waterbirds – proposed for adoption at AEWA’s 8th Meeting of the Parties in Budapest – provide much needed practical guidance to help resource-constrained countries to understand the impacts of climate change on their waterbird populations and key sites, plan adaptation measures and implement mitigation policies. These new guidelines build on the existing AEWA MOP-approved guidelines (Conservation Guidelines No. 12 - Guidelines on measures needed to help waterbirds to adapt to climate change and Resolution 6.6 - Updated Advice on Climate Change Adaptation Measures for Waterbirds).

28 September 2022

Opening Speech by Jacques Trouvilliez, Executive Secretary of AEWA

Mr. Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Zsolt Semjén

And the State Secretaries,

Madam the President of MOP7, Flora Mokgohloa

Madam the Executive Secretary of CMS, dear Amy,

27 September 2022

Opening Speech by Dr. Zsolt Semjén, Deputy-Prime Minister of Hungary

Welcome to the 8th Session of the Parties to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) in Budapest. I am delighted that we are able to host the meeting of this international convention, which is so important for nature conservation in Hungary. Although our original plans were thwarted by the Covid epidemic, we have done our utmost to ensure that the meeting can be held in person, albeit a year late.

27 September 2022