AEWA News

AEWA - A Short History

A significant date in the development of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) is 16 June 1995 – twenty-five years ago – when negotiators representing 54 governments signed the ‘Final Act’. The rest is – as they say – history …

16 June 2020

25 Years of AEWA – Statement by Øystein Størkersen, Former Chair of the AEWA Standing Committee

AEWA is a favourite of mine among Conventions, simply because it deals with concrete issues, such as species or concrete sites and it gives strong guidance through obligatory requirements. I am also pleased that AEWA is not afraid of difficult issues or of giving advice on how to solve issues. This is not least thanks to the very active and competent AEWA staff. Due to its ability to rapidly adapt to changing issues, AEWA is increasingly becoming a treaty that aims to make a difference. This has been possible not least to a network of professsional experts and national managers. 

16 June 2020

25 Years of AEWA – Statement by Ashok Sridharan, Mayor of the City of Bonn

Happy Birthday, AEWA! Congratulations to the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement, an appreciated member of the UN Bonn Family, on 25 years successful work! It is with gratitude that we look up to the sky every autumn around UN Day - when the common cranes pass Bonn on their way to Africa. 

16 June 2020

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

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.

16 June 2020

25 Years of AEWA – Statement by Simon Mackown, Chair of the AEWA Standing Committee

AEWA is more than the set of rules, commitments and obligations set out in a treaty. It brings together Governments, local communities, conservationists, and hunters from across Africa and Europe; all with a shared interest in flourishing wetland habitats and thriving waterbird populations. The successes of the Agreement are many and are ultimately due to the commitment, expertise and professionalism of all these individuals.  And of course, the Agreement could not continue to achieve as much as it does  without the exemplary work of the AEWA Secretariat, to whom I, on behalf of the Parties to the Agreement, would like to express my appreciation and gratitude. 

12 June 2020

25 Years of AEWA – Statement by David Stroud, Honorary Patron of AEWA

For millions of years birds have connected our planet – indeed they were doing so long before we humans were there to wonder at their spectacular annual migrations. When humankind did appear to join the world of waterbirds, it was unsurprising that one of the very first animal sculptures, made some 30,000 years ago, was that of a Palaeolithic waterbird.

11 June 2020

25 Years of AEWA – Statement by Dr Gerard C. Boere, Honorary Patron and Founding Father of AEWA

Congratulations to all the people involved in AEWA on the 25th anniversary of the Agreement. It is excellent that we have come this far, and it is good to see detailed activities undertaken at the practical level, which we believed from the start could be provided by a conservation and management tool such as AEWA. Developing a flyway conservation plan was not an entirely new concept when work on AEWA started in the late eighties. For a long time, bird conservationists believed that the protection and management of birds should be implemented across the entire range: the breeding, stopover and wintering sites.

10 June 2020

It is Time to Let Go of Lead

As much of the world continues to hold its breath whilst grappling with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are sequestered in our homes trying to manage within the parameters of the current new normal. I have tried to make use of these restrictions on our activities to reflect on some of the environmental challenges facing us in addition to the current pandemic and discussion on emerging diseases. For trying circumstances such as these, there are no simple solutions or easy fixes.

19 May 2020

World Migratory Bird Day 2020

On Saturday, 9 May 2020, people around the world will celebrate World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) – a global campaign dedicated to raising awareness of migratory birds and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.  This year the theme of World Migratory Bird Day is “Birds Connect Our World” and was chosen to highlight the importance of conserving and restoring the ecological connectivity and integrity of ecosystems that support the natural cycles that are essential for the survival and well-being of migratory birds.

29 April 2020

World Wetlands Day on 2 February Focuses on “Wetlands and Biodiversity”

The AEWA Secretariat is happy to collaborate with colleagues from the Ramsar Convention as both organizations work to promote the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. Waterbirds are an important and visible part of wetland biodiversity and ecosystems and are an excellent medium to highlight the importance of these habitats. The theme of this year’s World Wetlands Day, which is being celebrated on Sunday, highlights the importance of these habitats as an essential element in sustaining biodiversity including waterbirds.

31 January 2020