Lesser Flamingos © Mark D. Anderson

In this issue:

20th Anniversary of AEWA - Making Flyway Conservation Happen

AEWA Turns Twenty!

The 16th June 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the culmination of the inter-governmental negotiations that led to the adoption of AEWA – the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds – an international treaty dedicated to conserving species such as cranes, storks, ducks and shorebirds that regularly travel along flyways that span continents and oceans.

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© Collage created by Martin Bangratz

20th Anniversary of AEWA - People Behind the Scenes

The year 2015 sees the 20th anniversary 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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Meeting participants of the 10th Meeting of the AEWA Standing Committee held 8-10 July 2015 in Kampala, Uganda.

AEWA Standing Committee Meeting Held in Uganda

The 10th Meeting of the AEWA Standing Committee (StC10) was held from 8 to 10 July in Kampala at the kind invitation of the Ugandan Government. The meeting was the first AEWA Standing Committee to take place in Africa and was an important milestone in the run-up to the 6th Session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP6) due to take place 9-14 November 2015 in Bonn, Germany.

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Lesser Flamingos © Mark D. Anderson

AEWA MOP6 – African Preparatory Meeting Taking Place in Cape Town, South Africa

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is organizing a Preparatory Meeting for National Focal Points (NFPs) from the AEWA African Contracting Parties, in the run-up to this November’s 6th Meeting of the Parties (MOP6). The Pre-MOP6 meeting is taking place from 25 to 27 August in Cape Town and is being hosted by the Government of South Africa.

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Egyptian Vulture © Sergey Dereliev, www.dereliev-photography.com

Countries Meet to Tackle Poisoning of Birds in Southern Africa

Representatives of countries and wildlife experts met in Cape Town, South Africa on 24 August, to address poisoning of migratory birds, a problem that also threatens important predators. The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) and the CMS Memorandum of Understanding on Birds of Prey (CMS Raptors MoU), all three instruments administered by the United Nations Environment Programme, have convened the international meeting.

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White-winged Flufftail (Sarothrura ayresi) © Sergey Dereliev, www.dereliev-photography.com

2nd Meeting of the AEWA White-winged Flufftail International Working Group

At the kind invitation of the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority, the second meeting of the AEWA White-Winged Flufftail International Working Group (IWG) took place in Addis Ababa from 10-12 August. The meeting was locally organized by the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society (BirdLife Partner in Ethiopia) and convened by the coordinator of the IWG Dr Hanneline Smit-Robinson of BirdLife South Africa.

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Photo: Great White Pelicans © Sergey Dereliev, www.dereliev-photography.com

In Focus: AEWA Conservation Guideline No. 3 - Guidelines on the Preparation of Site Inventories for Migratory Waterbirds

In paragraph 2(c) under Article III of the Agreement, special attention is given to the identification of sites and habitats for migratory waterbirds residing within the territory of Parties, and to the encouragement to protect, manage, rehabilitate and restore these sites, in liaison with those bodies listed in Article IX, paragraphs (a) and (b) of this Agreement, concerned with habitat conservation.

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Cooperation Between World Heritage for the Benefit of Migratory Birds: The Wadden Sea and Banc d’Arguin

Two natural World Heritage Sites - the Wadden Sea shared by Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands - and the Banc d’Arguin in Mauretania are two critically important sites for millions of migratory birds along the Eastern Atlantic Flyway.

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