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AEWA MOP7 – Durban, South Africa – 4-8 December 2018

The seventh session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP7) to the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) is taking place 4-8 December in Durban at the kind invitation of the Government of South Africa.

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AEWA Welcomes New Staff Member

It is with mixed feelings that the Secretariat prepares for a change in its ranks; while the arrival of a new colleague, Jeannine Dicken has been met with great delight, there is a degree of sadness because her arrival coincides with the departure of Jolanta Kremer, who is retiring after nearly twelve years of service with AEWA.

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Connectivity Conservation: a Key Element of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

CMS and its Family set the course for developing their contributions to the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework which is expected to provide a "New Deal for Nature" for the entire international community. Two years away from its adoption, the post-2020 framework presents the opportunity to raise the visibility of migratory wildlife and promote its conservation.

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AEWA Standing Committee Meets in The Hague

The 13th Meeting of the AEWA Standing Committee took place from 3- 5 July 2018 in The Hague, the Netherlands. The meeting was kindly hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and was chaired by Dr. Barirega Akankwasah of Uganda.

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Saving one of the World’s Most Threatened Geese – the Lesser White-fronted Goose

The Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus) is globally threatened and recognized as Vulnerable by the IUCN. Following decades of decline, the two populations covered by the Agreement are seemingly stable or even increasing, with current population estimates of 28,500-40,100 individuals and 100-130 individuals respectively for the Western main and Fennoscandian populations.

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Eurasian Curlew Breeding Range States Meet in Aberlady, Scotland

Following the 2015 adoption of the AEWA International Single Species Action Plan for the Eurasian Curlew at the 6th Meeting of the AEWA Parties, a first meeting of the AEWA Eurasian Curlew International Working Group focusing on the breeding range states of N. a. arquata took place on the 4-6 September 2018 at the Scottish Ornithologists Club in Aberlady, Scotland.

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Netherlands Hosts European Goose Management Meetings

Representatives of Range State Governments, designated national experts and key stakeholders came together in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands from 20 to 21 June for the 3rd annual meeting of the AEWA European Goose Management International Working Group (AEWA EGM IWG).

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African Pre-MOP Sets Pace for AEWA Summit

The AEWA National Focal Points from 24 African Contracting Parties met from 12-14 September 2018 at the Royal Swazi Spa Hotel in the Ezulwini Valley, in the Kingdom of Eswatini, for their preparatory meeting for the 7th Session of the AEWA Meeting of the Parties (Pre-MOP7).

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World Migratory Bird Day: New Report Shows Upward Trend for Migratory Waterbirds

Bucking a major general trend, the overall status of waterbird populations listed on the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) has slightly improved over the last ten years, says a new report.

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Benefit Concert for Migratory Birds in Bologna

For the sixth consecutive year, the operatic choir Lirica San Rocco of the Lyrical Cultural Club from Bologna, Italy gave a benefit concert as part of the celebration of World Migratory Bird Day. For the second time, the concert was held in Bologna.

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New Global Guide on Cranes and Agriculture Published

A new publication, published by the International Crane Foundation (ICF), explores the complex relationship between cranes and agriculture over time, looking at both the threats and opportunities posed by the rapid changes in agriculture for the conservation of cranes. “The global expertise and lessons captured in this publication will assist conservationists and farmers alike.

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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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