The Meeting of the Parties (MOP) is the principal decision-making body for the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), established in accordance with Article VI of the Agreement. The Agreement Secretariat convenes ordinary sessions of the MOP at intervals of not more than three years, unless the Meeting of the Parties decides otherwise.
Observers of non-Party Range States as well as any agencies or bodies technically qualified in relevant conservation matters or in research on migratory waterbirds may also be represented at sessions of the MOP (in accordance with the Rules of Procedure).
The MOP may make recommendations to the Parties, the Secretariat, the other AEWA subsidiary bodies and stakeholders by adopting relevant resolutions and take decisions on substantive or administrative matters, after considering and reviewing issues such as:
- Actual and potential changes in the conservation status of migratory waterbirds and the habitats important for their survival, as well as factors which may affect them;
- Progress made and any difficulty encountered in the implementation of the Agreement;
- Matters relating to the financial and administrative arrangements for this Agreement and its Secretariat;
- Specific actions to improve the effectiveness of the Agreement; and
- Proposals to amend the Agreement or its annexes.
Documents and Outcomes - Meeting of the Parties
For further details on the operations of the MOP, please see:
- Agreement Text and Annexes (Article VI)
- Rules of Procedure for the Sessions of the Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds.
- The documents and outcomes of all sessions of the MOP are available here.