AEWA Electronic Update:


Just a few days to go - World Migratory Bird is approaching fast!

The countdown for World Migratory Bird Day 2009 (WMBD) has begun! In a few days time hundreds, if not thousands of people from every corner of the world will be taking part in WMBD celebrations. Already now 82 unique WMBD events and activities in 37 countries have been registered on the WMBD website and more will be coming in over the next few days. [read on]

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The AEWA Technical Committee gathered in Zagreb for its ninth meeting

The 9th meeting of the AEWA Technical Committee (TC) took place on 20-23 April in Zagreb, Croatia at the invitation of the Croatian Ministry of Culture. The meeting was attended by 22 participants from all over the Agreement area, amongst them regional representatives, thematic experts, NGOs, observers from Parties and organisations, as well as the Secretariat. [read on]

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African Initiative gets off the ground

The AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce that the Government of France has confirmed a considerable financial contribution to the implementation of Resolution 4.9 ‘African Initiative for the conservation of waterbirds and their habitats in Africa’. This additional funding will enable the Secretariat to cover the costs of a Coordinator for the African Initiative for the duration of two years. [read on]

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The Wader Atlas - pre-publication offer now available

Wetlands International has announced a pre-publication special offer for the "The Wader Atlas - An Atlas of Wader Populations in Africa and Western Eurasia" scheduled for release in early May this year. The pre-publication price is GBP 50 - the Atlas is available at this price until 8 May 2009. (After this date the standard price for this Atlas will be GBP 70). This milestone publication, co-sponsored by AEWA, is a compilation of current knowledge of the numbers, distribution and movements of one of the most remarkable groups of birds in the region covered by the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA. [read on]

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‘Life after WOW’

The Wings over Wetlands UNEP-GEF African-Eurasian Flyways Project (WOW) will come to a close by the end of 2010. At the last meeting of the WOW Steering Committee, which took place immediately after the CMS COP9 in Rome in December 2008, a brainstorming session was arranged to take place in early 2009 to discuss ‘Life after WOW’. It was widely felt that the achievements of WOW are of such importance that we should do our utmost to maintain them after the project comes to a close next year. [read on]

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Delegation from the Russian Federation visits CMS Family in Bonn

A delegation from the Russian Federation headed by Dr. Amirkhan M. Amirkhanov, Deputy Director at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection and joined by Mr Vladimir Ivlev, Deputy Director at the Department of International Cooperation at the same ministry, visited the CMS Secretariat and its co-located Agreements (AEWA, EUROBATS and ASCOBANS) at the UN Premises in Bonn on 23 March 2009, while in Germany for German-Russian consultations on nature conservation projects. [read on]

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New Coordinator for the Lesser White-fronted Goose Species Action Plan appointed

The AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce that Ms. Nina Mikander has entered on duty as new Coordinator for the Lesser White-fronted Goose Action Plan as of 4 May 2009. Nina is of Finnish nationality and has a background in EU environmental policy with a focus on climate change. She has been employed at the Finnish Ministry of Environment for the past four years and has been in charge of the national coordination of EU Environment Councils and the preparation of bilateral high-level meetings. [read on]

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Introduction of 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. [read on]

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