A Call for Cooperation: Saving the Places Migratory Birds Call Home

Bonn, 16 June 2020 - To coincide with the 25th Anniversary of AEWA, the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat and partners across the African-Eurasian Flyway are pleased to present “A Call for Cooperation: Saving the Places Migratory Birds Call Home”, a new video production of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Center for Conservation Media.

“Since its inception, AEWA has never been just about protecting migratory waterbirds, but also the habitats they need for their survival. Establishing and sustaining a coherent and comprehensive flyway network of protected areas and other sites for migratory waterbird populations is also a key objective of the AEWA Strategic Plan and this film helps to highlight the importance of such a network of sites for both waterbirds and people”  said Jacques Trouvilliez, Executive Secretary of AEWA.

This film showcases the beauty of a number of critical sites across the African-Eurasian Flyway, identifies how they are connected by the journeys of our migratory waterbirds, and stresses the importance of these sites for both migratory waterbirds and people. There is an urgent need to increase the protection of many sites and to work together in the Flyway to ensure migratory waterbirds have reliable, high quality wintering, staging and breeding sites for their survival.

With this video partners across the African-Eurasian flyway are therefore calling on all relevant actors to take action to benefit migratory waterbirds and their critical sites. Join the efforts of existing international and regional organizations, national governments, stakeholders, scientists and local communities working towards this common goal.

In particular, the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat calls on Range States that are not yet Parties to AEWA to join the Agreement. 

We also call on both public and private sectors to set policies and provide much needed resources to support the protection and sustainable use of critical sites. 

We encourage local stakeholders and community members to engage actively on the ground in conservation action and monitoring efforts at a site near you. 

And we call on industries and sectors beyond the conservation community to engage with us in seeking mutually beneficial long-term solutions to pending environmental challenges.

Last updated on 16 June 2020

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