New Global Guide on Cranes and Agriculture Published

A new publication, published by the International Crane Foundation (ICF), explores the complex relationship between cranes and agriculture over time, looking at both the threats and opportunities posed by the rapid changes in agriculture for the conservation of cranes. “The global expertise and lessons captured in this publication will assist conservationists and farmers alike. It will also benefit conservation efforts of other species of waterbirds such as ducks and geese which also rely extensively on agricultural lands” said Jacques Trouvilliez, Executive Secretary of AEWA.

08 November 2018

Showcasing Action for AEWA Priority Species: Grey Crowned-crane

Grey Crowned-cranes, listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red Data List, have declined by up to 80% over the last 25 years. This decline has resulted primarily as a result of the loss and degradation of their wetland and catchment habitats, disturbance by livestock and people during the breeding season which results in a lower breeding productivity, and the illegal removal of chicks from the wild for the captive trade markets locally, regionally and internationally.

06 November 2018

Connectivity Conservation: a Key Element of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

CMS and its Family set the course for developing their contributions to the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework which is expected to provide a "New Deal for Nature" for the entire international community. Two years away from its adoption, the post-2020 framework presents the opportunity to raise the visibility of migratory wildlife and promote its conservation. Last week, the CMS Standing Committee (Bonn, 23-24 October 2018) endorsed the establishment of a Working Group (WG) on the development of CMS Family contributions to the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

06 November 2018

Capacity-Building of Trainers to Monitor Migratory Waterbirds in Africa

At the end of 2015, at the AEWA MOP6, the three directors of the African Wildlife Management Schools: College of African Wildlife Management Mweka (Tanzania), the Kenyan Wildlife Service Training Institute in Naivasha (Kenya) and the School of Garoua Fauna (Cameroon) signed an agreement to integrate a training module on migratory waterbirds into their curriculum.

01 November 2018

Benefit Concert for Migratory Birds in Bologna

For the sixth consecutive year, the operatic choir Lirica San Rocco of the Lyrical Cultural Club from Bologna, Italy gave a benefit concert as part of the celebration of World Migratory Bird Day. For the second time, the concert was held in Bologna. The programme of the concert contained various arias from famous works by leading composers, including Verdi’s Aida and Nabucodonosor, Wagner’s Parsifal and Donizetti’s Lucia of Lammermoor. The choir also paid tribute to the Magic Flute of Mozart through an unforgettable duet of Papageno, the birdcatcher, and his female companion Papagena.

17 October 2018

African Pre-MOP Sets Pace for AEWA Summit

The AEWA National Focal Points from 24 African Contracting Parties met from 12-14 September 2018 at the Royal Swazi Spa Hotel in the Ezulwini Valley, in the Kingdom of Eswatini, for their preparatory meeting for the 7th Session of the AEWA Meeting of the Parties (Pre-MOP7). The meeting was jointly organized by the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat and the Swaziland National Trust Commission, and kindly hosted by the Government of Eswatini.

28 September 2018

Pre-MOP Meeting in Eswatini – 12-14 September 2018

A Preparatory Meeting for the 7th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA (Pre-MOP7) will be organized for African Parties. The meeting will take place at the Royal Swazi Spa hotel in the Ezulwini Valley in Eswatini from 12 – 14 September 2018.

07 September 2018

AEWA MOP7 to Take Place in Durban, South Africa

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce that the 7th Session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP7) to the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) will take place 4 - 8 December 2018 in Durban, South Africa. The decision on the venue was officially communicated to the Secretariat by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs , which also announced that it has appointed the Olive Convention Centre located in the heart of the city of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal Province as the venue for hosting AEWA MOP7.

20 July 2018

Netherlands Hosts European Goose Management Meetings

Representatives of Range State Governments, designated national experts and key stakeholders came together in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands from 20 to 21 June for the 3rd annual meeting of the AEWA European Goose Management International Working Group (AEWA EGM IWG). The meeting was kindly hosted by the Province of Friesland and chaired by Mr. Øystein Størkersen, representing Norway.

20 July 2018

AEWA Standing Committee Meets in The Hague

The 13th Meeting of the AEWA Standing Committee took place from 3- 5 July 2018 in The Hague, the Netherlands. The meeting was kindly hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and was chaired by Dr. Barirega Akankwasah of Uganda.
The three-day meeting was the final intersessional meeting of the Committee ahead of the Seventh Meeting of the Parties to AEWA (MOP 7) due to take place 4-8 December in South Africa later this year.

10 July 2018