AEWA Electronic Update:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AEWA - Today AEWA turns 10
This is a good moment to look back on what has been achieved during the last decade under the Agreement, but also to step forward and to find new opportunities towards successful waterbird conservation. Therefore, the AEWA Secretariat is happy to launch the newly developed e-newsletter with its very first issue on this historical date. The e-news will from now on be sent out by the Secretariat on a monthly basis. Today (16 June 2005) the staff of CMS and its Agreements convened at the AEWA Secretariat to celebrate "our Birthday". This year the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement, which was concluded under the aegis of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 16 June 1995, celebrates its 10th Anniversary. [read on]
6th Meeting of the Technical Committee (TC 6) held in Mauritius
On the generous invitation of the Government of Mauritius the 6th Meeting of the Technical Committee took place from 08 - 11 May 2005 in Flic en Flac, Mauritius. It was the last TC meeting before the 3rd Session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP3), which will take place from 23-27 October 2005, in Dakar, Senegal. Among other things the following items were reviewed and discussed during the meeting: proposals for the new International Implementation Priorities of AEWA for the triennium 2006-2008; guidance on interpretation of the term 'long-term decline of waterbird populations'; guidance on defining bio-geographical populations of waterbirds; report on status and trends of waterbird populations in the AEWA region; inclusion of additional species to the AEWA list; further development of the Agreement; draft Single Species Action Plans for five waterbird species. In several cases discussions led to the approval of draft Resolutions to be submitted through the Standing Committee to MOP3. The minutes of TC6 will be made available as soon as possible on the revamped AEWA website. Here you will also find all documents that were tabled at TC6.
UNEP/CMS Thesis Award on Migratory Species Conservation
The UNEP/CMS Thesis Award on Migratory Species Conservation has been launched by the Secretariat of the Bonn Convention on Migratory Species, on the occasion of its 25th Anniversary in 2004, and is sponsored by Lufthansa. The award of 10,000 EURO will be offered every three years at the Conference of Parties to CMS at alternating locations, and for the first time at the 8th meeting of the CMS Conference of the Parties (COP8) in November 2005, in affiliation with Museum Koenig and the Global Register of Migratory Species in Bonn. [read on]
Libya joins AEWA
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, often shortened to Libya, has deposited its instrument of accession to AEWA and will become the 49th Contracting Party as of 1st June 2005. Its neighboring countries are Egypt in the east, Tunisia and Algeria in the west and Niger, Chad and Sudan in the south. Being bounded by the Mediterranean Sea in the north Libya has a coastline of 1,770 km with many important coastal wetlands. Away from these coastal wetlands Libya has minimal surface water. [read on]
WWT/JNCC Waterbird Review Series
A collection of detailed appraisals of the status of non-breeding waterbirds in the UK. The Waterbird Review Series brings together up to four decades of data and knowledge from the long-term monitoring programmes of swan and migratory goose populations that winter in Britain and Ireland. This series of inventories and reviews responds, in part, to the call in the AEWA Action Plan for national inventories of sites of importance. The reviews generally covers not only UK but also other countries used by a particular population, usually Ireland, but including parts of continental Europe also. [read on]
AEWA Migratory Waterbird Days: 09-10 April 2005
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Agreement
As the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) will be 10 years old in 2005, the Standing Committee of the Agreement has declared the second weekend of April (9 and 10 April 2005) as the Migratory Waterbird Days (MWDs). We believe that this new international event within the AEWA area will become popular, will prove to be useful and will be celebrated annually throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.
The idea behind the MWDs is to draw the attention of the public and the authorities to the importance of the local and national levels as an integral part of the flyway conservation of migratory waterbird species. The emphasis of this year's celebrations was on the 10th anniversary of the Agreement. [read on]