Bonn, 4 February 2019 - The Secretariat of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (UNEP/AEWA) is pleased to announce the call for applications for a 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 May 2019 in Cotonou, Benin, at the kind invitation of the Government of Benin.
The workshop is being organized by the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat, in close collaboration with the Directorate General of Water, Forests and Hunting of Benin (Direction Générale des Eaux, Forêts et Chasse), the Ramsar Secretariat and the Wadden Sea Flyway Initiative. It has been made possible thanks to the generous financial and in-kind contributions from the Government of Benin and the European Commission’s Global Public Goods and Challenges (GPGC) Thematic Programme Strategic Cooperation Agreement (SCA) with UN Environment.
The ToT course aims to enhance knowledge and understanding on flyway conservation for the conservation and sustainable use of waterbirds and wetlands and particularly to better equip participants for the design and delivery of similar national training courses. It will be delivered using existing training resources including the Flyway Training Kit (FTK) developed under the UNEP/GEF African-Eurasian Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) Flyway Project, the training kit for waterbird identification and counting of the National Bureau for Hunting and Wildlife (Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage – ONCFS), guidelines for the International Waterbird Census and the BirdLife International framework for monitoring Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas.
Potential candidates targeted for this course include technical and professional personnel from both governmental and non-governmental institutions involved in the field of higher education or environmental conservation and management and with experience in teaching/training, capacity building or awareness-raising. Further information on the qualifications for candidates can be found in the detailed Terms of Reference.
Applications are welcome from the following 17 francophone AEWA Range States in West and Central Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo.
The European Commission were recognized as Champion Plus for their generous support of and commitment towards the AEWA African Initiative for the period 2017-2020. This activity has been funded with the contribution granted by the European Commission under the Migratory Species Champion Programme and through the Global Public Goods and Challenges (GPGC Programme) Cooperation Agreement with UN Environment.