Serbia Accedes to AEWA as Party No. 79

Bonn, 18 February 2019 - The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce the accession of the Republic of Serbia as AEWA’s 79th Party with the country’s membership of the Agreement taking effect on 1 March.

Serbia is a landlocked country in the Balkans peninsula, and its capital is Belgrade.  The country’s terrain is characterized by its location in the Balkan Mountains and on the Pannonian and Wallachian Plains.  The Danube passes through Serbia for 587 kilometres of its length, and Belgrade is one of many European capitals on the river’s banks.  The highest points in the country exceed 2,000 metres and the lowest point is just 17 metres above sea level. The country’s largest lake at 163 km2 is Lake Derdap.


Within the African-Eurasian flyways system Serbia belongs to the Adriatic Flyway. A hundred AEWA-listed species are native to Serbia and occur regularly in the country as resident, non-breeding visitor and passage migrant. Amongst them are the Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus), Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis), Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca), and Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) all listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List ®.  The Near-threatened Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca), is also present. The Slender-billed Curlew (Numenius tenuirostris) categorized as Critically Endangered but feared extinct is - or was - a passage migrant.

Serbia has been a Party to the parent Convention, CMS since March 2008.  As well as joining AEWA, Serbia has also acceded to EUROBATS. 

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat, on behalf of the Parties to the Agreement, warmly welcomes Serbia to the AEWA Family and looks forward to working closely with the Government of the Republic of Serbia as well as other national stakeholders to support conservation efforts for the benefit of migratory waterbirds and their habitats. 

Last updated on 08 April 2019

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