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AEWA Standing Committee – 12th Meeting to be held in Paris

The 12th meeting of the AEWA Standing Committee is taking place in Paris from 31 January to 1 February at the kind invitation of the French Ministry for the Environment, Energy and the Sea.

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© Sergey Dereliev,

AEWA Workshop Strengthens Data Management Capacity in Africa

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat, in collaboration with Wetlands International and the Technical Support Unit (TSU) for the implementation of the AEWA African Initiative, organized a Waterbird Data Management Workshop from 22 to 24 October in Dakar, Senegal.

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African wetland scene © Jacques Trouvilliez

For Birds and People: Improving Food Security and Management of Waterbirds across the Sahel

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) announced earlier this month that it would be working in partnership with the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM) in the wetlands of the Sahel in Africa to improve the state of natural resources.

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Birdwatchers in Africa © Szabolcs Nagy

Pan-African Ornithological Congress - Promoting the Conservation of Birds in Africa

The 14th Pan-African Ornithological Congress (PAOC14) took place in Dakar, Senegal from 16 to 21 October. The theme for this year’s Congress was ‘Global challenges: threats and opportunities for birds in Africa’.

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Ferruginous Duck © Emil Enchev

AEWA Workshop in Croatia - Enhancing the Implementation of AEWA

A regional workshop aiming to enhance cooperation and implementation of AEWA for countries situated along the Adriatic Flyway was held 13 – 15 September in Samobor, Croatia.

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Bewick's Swans in flight © Boris Belchev

“Flight of the Swans” Highlights Conservation Efforts in Estonia

The “Flight of the Swans” saw events happening in Estonia. The campaign will track the Bewick’s Swan on its migration route from the Russian Arctic to Britain. Flying a paramotor, British conservationist Sacha Dench is following the migration route of the Bewick’s swans to understand the challenges these waterbirds face.

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Mallards ©

Good News for Reducing Poisoning Pressures on Waterbirds and Scavengers

The world’s largest conservation event – the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress has adopted an important motion to help make lead ammunition a poison of the past.

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Dunlins (Calidris alba) © Sergey Dereliev,

Wadden Sea Day – Celebrating a World Heritage Site Important to Migratory Birds

To mark Wadden Sea Day 2016 a special event was held on 25 August, focusing on the great importance of the area as a staging post for the millions of birds that seek food and shelter there during their migration along the East Atlantic Flyway.

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Task Force Agrees Need for Tougher Penalties, Adopts Zero Tolerance Approach to Curb Annual Slaughter of 25 Million Birds in the Mediterranean

Governments throughout the Mediterranean have agreed the need for tougher penalties and stricter surveillance in order to enforce a new “zero tolerance” policy that seeks to clamp down on the annual slaughter of millions of migratory birds in the region.

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Participants of the AEWA Strategic Plan Working Group Meeting © Aydin Bahramlouian

AEWA Strategic Plan Revision Process Starts in Bonn – Top Priorities for Flyway Conservation Identified up to 2027

The development of a revised strategic plan for the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) for the period 2019 – 2027 was formally launched at the meeting of the AEWA Strategic Plan Working Group held 28 – 30 June at the United Nations Premises in Bonn, Germany.

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White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala) © Amir Bendov

1st Meeting of the AEWA White-headed Duck International Working Group Takes Place in Madrid

Key Range States from the AEWA populations of the White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala) as well as priority countries where the invasive Ruddy Duck occurs came together for the 1st Meeting of the AEWA White-headed Duck International Working Group from 24 to 26 October in Madrid, Spain.

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Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca) female © Sergey Yellseev

Workshop Prepares Ground for International Action for the Velvet Scoter

A two-and-a-half-day Planning Workshop was held in Vilnius, Lithuania from 4 to 6 October to identify the goals, objectives, expected results and actions to be undertaken under the proposed Single Species Action Plan for the Nordic population of the Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca) under AEWA.

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Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) © Adam Riley

Northern Bald Ibis – International Single Species Action Plan Revised

The first revision of the International Single Species Action Plan (ISSAP) for the Conservation of the Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) has been published on the AEWA website as No. 55 in the AEWA Technical Series.

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From left to right:  Atlantic Puffin hunter with catch, Vestmann Island, Iceland © Minden  Pictures/; Greater  White-fronted  Goose © Robert  L.  Kothenbeutel/; Pintails with  Shovelers  and  Teals © Tom Reichner/;  A duck hunter with his hunting dog and shotgun © Bud Force/

In Focus: Fully revised AEWA Guidelines on Sustainable Harvest of Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA Conservation Guidelines No. 5)

At the request of AEWA Contracting Parties, the AEWA Technical Committee and international organisations, a comprehensive revision of the AEWA Sustainable Harvest Guidelines was undertaken in the course of 2015 with the aim of widening the scope of the Guidelines.

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