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Aerial of Bonn, the former capital of Germany ©

12th Meeting of the AEWA Technical Committee

The 12th Meeting of the AEWA Technical Committee took place in Bonn from 3 to 6 March. It was the Committee’s last meeting before the 6th Session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP6) which will also be held later this year in Bonn from 9 to 14 November.

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© Collage created by Martin Bangratz

20th Anniversary of AEWA - People Behind the Scenes

The year 2015 will be the 20th anniversary year of AEWA. For the past two decades, AEWA has provided the framework for international cooperation on the conservation and management of migratory waterbird populations in the region - also serving as an example for flyway cooperation around the globe.

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Lesser Flamingos © Mark Anderson

AEWA Conservation Award 2015 - 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 fourth edition of the AEWA Waterbird Conservation Award.

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Latest Developments on the 6th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA

The preparations for the 6th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA (MOP6), which will take place from 9 - 14 November 2015 in Bonn, Germany, are well under way.

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Pictures from left to right: Northern Bald Ibis © Sergio Tomey, Common Redshank, White Pelicans, Little Egrets © Sergey Dereliev,, Lesser Flamingo © Mark Anderson, Lesser White-fronted Goose © Ingar Jostein Øien

AEWA MOP6 Cycle - Online National Reporting System Open

The UNEP AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce that it has launched the national reporting cycle for the 6th Meeting of the Parties (Bonn, Germany – 9-14 November 2015) with a technically enhanced version of the system first used for MOP5.

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World Migratory Bird Day 2015 - "Energy – make it bird-friendly!"

Each year on the second weekend in May, dedicated organizations, governments and people around the world plan events to mark World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) celebrating migratory birds and raising awareness about the need for their conservation.

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WMBD Video Contest

As part of this year’s campaign, a video competition is being organized. €1,500 is being offered to the best entry – with €1,000 and €500 for second and third place.

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Mauritania becomes new AEWA Party

Mauritania Becomes AEWA’s 75th Contracting Party

Mauritania has completed its accession process and joined AEWA on 1 May 2015, as has been confirmed by the Agreement’s depositary, the Government of the Netherlands.

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Photo taken at Abu Minqar Islands © Ahmed Waheed

A Boost to the Conservation of Waterbirds Breeding in the Red Sea Islands in Egypt

The Nature Conservation Sector (NCS) of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) in close cooperation with Nature Conservation Egypt (NCE), recently completed a project aimed at boosting efforts towards waterbird conservation in the Red Sea coastal region in Egypt.

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White-winged Flufftail (Sarothrura ayresi) © Malcolm Drummond

White-winged Flufftail Project in Ethiopia Completed with AEWA SGF Support

The White-winged Flufftail (Sarothrura ayresi) was the focus of an AEWA Small Grants Fund (SGF) supported project which was recently completed by the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society (EWNHS), in the Berga wetland.

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