The effective conservation of migratory waterbird populations is only possible through international cooperation along their entire flyways. This is why expanding membership of AEWA is vital. Since the launch of the African Initiative, AEWA has welcomed eleven new Parties from Africa (Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ethiopia, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Mauritania, Morocco, Rwanda, Swaziland and Zimbabwe)* and several more are close to completing the accession process. However, gaps in membership still exist, particularly in Central and Southern Africa. The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat has joined efforts with its UNEP/CMS counterpart, as well as the Secretariat for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, in order to promote accession, for example through joint workshops for relevant stakeholders in non-Party Range States.


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*As of October 2015