Training of Trainers Workshop for Central and Western Africa

Bonn, 8 April 2019 - A regional Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop on the Flyway Approach to the Conservation and Wise Use of Waterbirds and Wetlands is scheduled to take place from 6 to 10 May 2019 in Cotonou at the kind invitation of the Government of Benin. The workshop is jointly organized by the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat and the Directorate General of Water, Forests and Hunting of Benin, in close collaboration with the Ramsar Secretariat and the Wadden Sea Flyway Initiative.

The ToT course is an opportunity for participants from 17 Central and Western African countries to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the concepts of flyway conservation and sustainable use of waterbirds and wetlands and particularly to equip participants for the design and delivery of similar national and regional training courses. The eligible countries are Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

Central training resources that will be used during the workshop include the Flyway Training Kit (FTK) developed under the UNEP/GEF African-Eurasian Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) Flyway Project, the training kit for waterbird identification and counting of the French National Bureau for Hunting and Wildlife (ONCFS), guidelines for the International Waterbird Census and the BirdLife International framework for monitoring Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas.

Participants were selected through a comprehensive two-stage review and selection process involving the AEWA National Focal Point in each eligible country. They include technical and professional personnel from both governmental and non-governmental institutions involved in the field of higher education or environmental conservation and management and with experience in teaching/training, capacity building or awareness-raising.

In addition to support provided by the Government of Benin as host of this workshop, it is supported by a generous financial contribution from the European Commission’s Global Public Goods and Challenges (GPGC) Thematic Programme Strategic Cooperation Agreement (SCA) with UN Environment.


The European Commission were recognized as Champion Plus for their generous support of and commitment towards the AEWA African Initiative for the period 2017-2020. This activity has been funded with the contribution granted by the European Commission under the Migratory Species Champion Programme and through the Global Public Goods and Challenges (GPGC Programme) Cooperation Agreement with UN Environment.


Last updated on 08 April 2019

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