AEWA News

International Conference Calls on Governments for Action to Combat Illegal Killing, Poisoning and Illicit Trade of Wild Birds in the Adriatic Flyway

From 19 to 23 March 2018, the 3rd Adriatic Flyway Conference took place in Fruška Gora National Park, Serbia, organized by EuroNatur and the Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (BPSSS, BirdLife Serbia). At this meeting, Officials of the Government of Serbia and more than 80 experts and affiliates of Bird Conservation NGOs from central and south-eastern European countries presented and discussed recent findings on the monitoring of migratory bird populations, their conservation status, ecological dynamics and their habitats in the Adriatic Flyway region.

29 March 2018

AEWA Conservation Award 2018 - Call for Nominations

Institutions and citizens from all nations are invited to nominate individuals or institutions – governmental and non-governmental, including community groups or private sector enterprises – of any country in the Agreement area for the fifth edition of the AEWA Waterbird Conservation Award. If you wish to nominate an individual or institution deserving particular merit, please submit your nomination to the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat, to Ms. Catherine Lehmann (catherine.lehmann@unep-aewa.org). The deadline for submission of nominations is 4 June 2018.

27 March 2018

Tilburg to Host International Wildlife Law Conference

The 18th International Wildlife Law Conference is taking place from 18 to 19 April 2018 in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The conference is being organized by Tilburg University’s Department of European and International Public Law in partnership with the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy of Stetson University College of Law, USA. Participants are drawn from a wide range of professional fields associated with conservation, including lawyers, policymakers and scientists and from all corners of the world with Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Australia all represented.

19 March 2018

White-winged Flufftail – Exciting New Discovery in South Africa

BirdLife South Africa announced exciting news last Saturday reporting the important discovery of only the second breeding site in the world for the Critically Endangered White-winged Flufftail (Sarothrura ayresi) and the first ever in South Africa. Previously, the only known breeding site was in the Berga wetland of Ethiopia, leading ornithologists to believe that the species was a non-breeding visitor to South Africa, with some mystery surrounding how it covered the 4,000 km distance between the two countries.

19 February 2018

Making Do with Less

A new study on how strategies for managing waterbird harvests in Europe can be formulated on the basis of limited data has just been published in the journal Ecological Applications. The study was carried out by waterbird specialists from Aarhus University, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Finnish Wildlife Agency and the Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage (French Wildlife and Hunting Agency), who cooperate in the framework of the AEWA European Goose Management Platform (EGMP).

14 February 2018

Boost for Waterbird Monitoring in Seven AEWA Parties in Africa

Waterbird data in seven AEWA African Contracting Parties along the high-priority West-Asian/East African Flyway received a boost under a project supporting the International Waterbird Census (IWC). Over the period 2016 - 2017, waterbird counts were carried out at some 100 sites in Burundi, Chad, Madagascar, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania.

07 February 2018

National Reporting System Ready for AEWA MOP7

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce that it has launched the national reporting cycle for the 7th Meeting of the Parties (South Africa, 4-8 December 2018) with a technically enhanced version of the MEA Online Reporting System (ORS) first used in the run-up to AEWA MOP5. Credentials and passwords have been sent to all AEWA national focal points and correspondents, and the deadline for submitting the reports is 7 June 2018.

06 February 2018

Focus on the White-headed Duck in Morocco

The Research Group for Bird Protection in Morocco (GREPOM) has successfully completed a project which contributes to improving the conservation status of the White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala) in Morocco. The project which received support from the AEWA Small Grants Fund was conducted over the period of February 2016 to November 2017.

05 February 2018

IUCN Red List Update for AEWA Species

Plummeting populations have led to the status of three AEWA waterbird species being upgraded, according to the revised IUCN Red List of Endangered Species published in December. Prey depletion triggered by overfishing has caused severe population declines of the Black-legged Kittiwake and the Cape Gannet. Pollution caused by domestic and urban waste water and agricultural run offs is a major problem for the Maccoa Duck. However, the outlook for another two AEWA species – the African Oystercatcher and the Dalmatian Pelican - has taken a turn for the better. BirdLife International and Wetlands International have collated the data upon which the new assessments are based.

02 February 2018

World Wetlands Day - Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future

Although the most important wetlands in terms of their conservation value for waterbirds of the African-Eurasian Flyway – such as the Banc d’Arguin in Mauritania or the Wadden Sea in Europe – are often far removed from large cities, the ones located in or around towns play a vital role in maintaining the chain of sites stretching between the Arctic and the southernmost tip of the African continent.

01 February 2018