AEWA Electronic Update:
Recruitment of the new AEWA Executive Secretary and interim arrangements
As already indicated in the previous E-News issue, Mr. Marco Barbieri was recently appointed as Acting Executive Secretary of the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat following a selection process among eligible internal candidates. This interim solution was put in place to fill the gap that was left behind by the former Executive Secretary, Mr. Bert Lenten, when he left the Secretariat in May to become the Deputy Executive Secretary of the UNEP/CMS Secretariat. Mr. Barbieri will lead the AEWA Secretariat Team until the new Executive Secretary has been recruited. [read on]
A brief profile of Marco Barbieri, Acting Executive Secretary of the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat
Marco Barbieri, who took up the post of Acting Executive Secretary of the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat on 2 May 2011, has nearly 20 years of working experience with the UN and UNEP. He joined the UNEP/ CMS Secretariat in September 2000 as Scientific Officer. In that capacity, he facilitated the work of the CMS Scientific Council, notably by organizing and servicing six meetings of that body, as well as several other meetings and workshops. In June 2008, he became CMS Agreements Officer, mainly in charge of negotiating new agreements and memoranda of understanding (MoUs) under CMS and the servicing of several MoUs already in place. He also served as ASCOBANS Senior Advisor between 2007 and 2010. [read on]
AEWA accession meeting and Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus) workshop held in Azerbaijan
The Republic of Azerbaijan is host to an amazing variety of migratory waterbirds. More than 50 of the waterbird populations covered by AEWA concentrate in internationally important numbers in the Kizil Agach Nature Reserve which borders the Caspian Sea in southern Azerbaijan, making it one of the most important sites for migratory waterbirds in the Agreement area. As Azerbaijan is not yet a Party to the Agreement, the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat organized a meeting at the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan in Baku on 26 May to follow up on accession discussions launched with the country several years ago. [read on]
Preparations for AEWA MOP5 in full swing
The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is pleased to report that preparations are well underway for the 5th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA (MOP5) which will take place from 14 - 18 May 2012 in La Rochelle, France. In late May 2011, a joint visit to La Rochelle was undertaken by representatives of the AEWA Secretariat and the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing. Among other things, the one-day visit included a tour of the conference venue and meetings with representatives of both La Rochelle Town Hall and the local tourist office. The visit offered an excellent opportunity to scrutinize the professional facilities offered by La Rochelle Conference Centre, discuss specific logistic requirements related to MOP5, and explore various accommodation, transport and excursion possibilities. [read on]
RECAP Committee for the Lesser White-fronted Goose in Fennoscandia holds 4th meeting at UN Campus in Bonn
The Committee for Captive Breeding, Reintroduction and Supplementation of Lesser White-fronted Geese in Fennoscandia (RECAP) was convened by the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat for its fourth meeting on 16 June 2011 at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany. Committee members Finland, Norway and Sweden as well as observer country Germany were all represented. The meeting was chaired by AEWA Acting Executive Secretary, Dr. Marco Barbieri. [read on]
WOW Flyway News: CSN Tool wins ESRI award and FTK now available in other languages!
The Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) Project is the largest international, flyway-scale waterbird and wetland conservation initiative ever to have been carried out in the African-Eurasian region. While the project officially ended in December 2010, especially its two main products, the Critical Site Network (CSN) Tool and the Flyway Training Kit (FTK) continue to be highly relevant and critical tools for the implementation of AEWA. [read on]
World Migratory Bird Day 2011 breaks all records!
An amazing 205 registered events in 64 countries worldwide made World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2011, which was celebrated on 14-15 May 2011, an absolute record breaker! WMBD is a global initiative devoted to celebrating migratory birds and for promoting their conservation worldwide. It is jointly organized by the Secretariats of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) and the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA). [read on]
AEWA Waterbird Conservation Award 2012 – deadline for nominations extended!
All across the Agreement area people and organizations are working selflessly towards the conservation of migratory waterbirds. The AEWA Waterbird Conservation Award honours their efforts and their dedication. The Award will be presented in two categories - institutional and individual. In addition each of the winners will receive a cash prize of USD 5,000. [read on]
In Focus: AEWA Conservation Guidelines No. 12 – Guidelines on the measures needed to help waterbirds adapt to climate change
Climate change is today considered to be the world’s biggest environmental challenge. The warming of the climate is an undisputed fact and it is very likely that the Earth’s rising temperature over the last half-century has been induced largely by anthropogenic activities. The latter now also extend to other climate-related aspects such as sea-level rise, temperature extremes and wind patterns. Wetlands, and hence the waterbirds which depend on them, are particularly sensitive to climate change. [read on]
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