British Ornithologist Declared Honorary Patron of UN Waterbird Agreement

Today, David Alan Stroud MBE, Senior Ornithologist at the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, was declared Honorary Patron of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA). David Stroud has been part of the bedrock of AEWA since its inception. He has contributed widely to the development and implementation of the Agreement with involvement across the board in all aspects of its work.

04 December 2018

Showcasing Action for AEWA Priority Species: Eurasian Curlew

The AEWA International Singles Species Action Plan for the Conservation of the Eurasian Curlew was published in 2015 and runs until 2025. On breeding grounds across northern Europe, research has identified the main drivers of population decline as low breeding success (through loss of nests and chicks to agricultural practices and predators) alongside the loss, fragmentation and degradation of breeding habitats. The impact of continuing hunting in France could pose a serious additional threat for declining breeding populations.

04 December 2018

AEWA MOP7 – Durban, South Africa – 4-8 December 2018

The seventh session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP7) to the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) is taking place 4-8 December in Durban at the kind invitation of the Government of South Africa. MOP7 promises to be an important milestone in the development of AEWA because the Parties will have to make important decisions determining the way ahead for the Agreement over the next decade.

04 December 2018

Showcasing Action for AEWA Priority Species: African Penguin

The African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) is the only penguin found on the African continent, and is therefore also the only one listed on AEWA. Historical estimates in 1900 for the species’ population ranged from 0.5 – 1 million breeding pairs, but by the year 2000 only 50,000 pairs remained. The latest census of the South African population in 2018 has revealed a further decline to fewer than 16,000 pairs. Approximately 5,000 pairs persist in Namibia.

04 December 2018

Showcasing Action for AEWA Priority Species: Black-tailed Godwit

Both in its breeding and wintering regions, the Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa limosa) is an iconic flagship species for habitats with low intensity agricultural activities. The coexistence in their breeding regions with dairy farming and in the stop-over and wintering areas with rice cultivation used to be beneficial but has been out of balance for some time.

01 December 2018

Showcasing Action for AEWA Priority Species: Red-breasted Goose

The Red-breasted Goose is one of the most threatened goose species in the world listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. It is also listed on Annex I of the EU Birds Directive, on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and on Appendices I and II of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS).

28 November 2018

Showcasing Action for AEWA Priority Species: Bewick's Swan

The Bewick’s Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii) is classed as “Least Concern” by IUCN (IUCN 2018), but it is in decline in NW Europe and included as ‘Endangered’ in the European Red List of bird species (BirdLife International 2015). An international single species action plan for the NW European population, adopted by AEWA in 2012 (Nagy et al. 2012), was taken forward by Range States from the swans’ breeding grounds in the Russian Arctic through key staging areas in the Baltic region (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland) to core wintering sites (in the Netherlands, Britain, Germany, Belgium and Denmark).

28 November 2018

Showcasing Action for AEWA Priority Species: Taiga Bean Goose

The Taiga Bean Goose (Anser fabalis fabalis) has experienced a long-term decline mainly originating in overharvesting and breeding habitat loss. Globally the species is categorized as a species of Least Concern (LC) in the IUCN Red List, due to the fact that no distinction is made between the subspecies of Taiga Bean Goose and the population of the Tundra Bean Goose (Anser fabalis rossicus), which is considered stable and much more abundant.

27 November 2018

Saving One of the World’s Most Threatened Geese – the Lesser White-fronted Goose

The Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus) is globally threatened and recognized as Vulnerable by the IUCN. Following decades of decline, the two populations covered by the Agreement are seemingly stable or even increasing, with current population estimates of 28,500-40,100 individuals and 100-130 individuals respectively for the Western main and Fennoscandian populations.

27 November 2018

Conservation Status Report Shows Upward Trend for Migratory Waterbirds

Bucking a major general trend, the overall status of waterbird populations listed on the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) has slightly improved over the last ten years, says a new report.

26 November 2018