AEWA Electronic Update:
The AEWA Small Grants Fund becomes operational!
The AEWA Secretariat is calling for applications from African countries for the Small Grants Fund cycle 2010. The deadline for submission of project proposals is 30 April 2010. As decided by the Parties at their fourth Meeting (MOP4) in 2008, for the first time, the AEWA core budget 2009-2012, foresees 20,000 € per year towards Small Grants projects in Africa. In addition, the Secretariat received a voluntary contribution from the Government of France earmarked for additional Small Grants projects in African countries enabling the Small Grants Fund to become operational as of 2010. [read on]
World Migratory Bird Day 2010 focuses on globally threatened migratory birds
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Secretariats of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (UNEP/AEWA) and the Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS) are pleased to announce the countdown for World Migratory Bird Day 2010. This two-day awareness raising campaign will take place globally for the fifth consecutive year from 8-9 May 2010. World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) aims to inspire people to take action for the conservation of migratory birds and encourages national authorities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), clubs and societies, universities, schools and individuals around the world to organize events and programmes, which help draw attention to migratory birds around a central theme each year. [read on]
Three Memoranda of Cooperation concluded with WWT and ACBK to boost species conservation
The Sociable Lapwing, Red-breasted Goose and White-headed Duck are three globally threatended species. All three are listed on the IUCN Red List and also on the AEWA Table 1, column A. The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat concluded Memoranda of Cooperation with the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) and the Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (ACBK) with the aim to ensure complete and effective implementation of the AEWA Single Species Action Plans for these threatened species. [read on]
AEWA celebrates its 15th Anniversary
The Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds was concluded on 16 June 1995 in The Hague, the Netherlands. AEWA’s 15th Anniversary will be celebrated with a special Symposium, which will touch on the history of AEWA as well as looking at some of the emerging issues, such as land use developments in the AEWA region and their impact on migratory waterbird species. The symposium will be hosted by the Government of the Netherlands and will take place on 14-15 June 2010 in The Hague. The Secretariat is currently drafting the agenda for this event, in close cooperation with the host. [read on]
Three SSAPs fresh from the press!
The AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce the publication of its Technical Series Nos 37, 38 and 39. All three International Single Species Action Plans (SSAP) can be ordered at the Secretariat or downloaded from the AEWA website. [read on]
New Programme Assistant joined the AEWA Secretariat
The AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce the recruitment of Ms. Birgit Drerup as part-time Programme Assistant on a consultancy basis. Birgit is supporting the Coordinator of the African Initiative as well as the Programme Officer. [read on]
In Focus: AEWA Conservation Guideline No. 7 - Guidelines on the development of ecotourism at wetlands
Tourism is an important source of income for many countries. Nature-related tourism is a world-wide phenomenon that is expanding rapidly. However nature-related tourism is only profitable in the long run if it is managed in a sustainable way. If the ecotourism industry can be made to realize this then tourism could become an important tool for stimulating nature conservation. [read on]
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