AEWA Electronic Update:
MOP5 Is on the Horizon!
The 5th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA (MOP5) is just two months away, and the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is pleased to report that preparations are well underway for this important event which will take place from 14 - 18 May 2012 in the Espace Encan in La Rochelle, France. The MOP5 Steering Committee met for the seventh time on 6 February 2012 in Paris, France. The meeting was followed by a joint mission to La Rochelle on 7 and 8 February 2012 by representatives of the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat, the United Nations Security Service in Geneva and the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing. During the two-day visit, a routine security check of the venue and surroundings was carried out, and specific logistical requirements were looked at in detail. [read on]
The World Migratory Bird Day Team Is Pleased to Be Able to Launch the 2012 Website and Poster!
Each year on the second weekend in May, dedicated people and organizations plan World Migratory Bird Day events to celebrate migrating birds in their region and to raise awareness about the need for their protection. Since World Migratory Bird Day began in 2006, events have been carried out in 104 countries and we hope this year even more people and countries will join the global celebration. [read on]
African Parties Get a Unique Opportunity to Influence the Development of the Draft Plan of Action for the Implementation of AEWA in Africa
Following the adoption of the AEWA Resolution 4.9 on the African Initiative for the Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and their Habitats in Africa at the 4th Session of the Meeting of Parties to AEWA (MOP4 - September 2008, in Madagascar), there has been a significant boost in the level of AEWA-related activities in the region, accompanied by an increased involvement of the African Range States in the implementation of the Agreement. In accordance with this resolution, the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is requested, in close collaboration with the AEWA Technical Committee (TC), to develop a draft Plan of Action for the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats in Africa, to be submitted to the 5th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA (MOP5), scheduled to take place from 14 to 18 May 2012 in La Rochelle, France. [read on]
Submission Rate for AEWA National Reports to MOP5 Close to 70%
The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce that it has received the highest-ever number of national reports through the new CMS Family Online Reporting System (ORS). A total number of 43 out of 62 due reports (which is equivalent to 69%) have been submitted on time to be included in the analysis of national reports to be presented to the 5th Meeting of the Parties to AEWA (MOP5) which will take place 14-18 May 2012 in La Rochelle, France. [read on]
BirdLife MAVA Foundation Project Helps Strengthen Collaboration for Waterbird Conservation Along the Coast of West Africa
National and International stakeholders from seven West African coastal States met in Freetown, Sierra Leone, from 6-10 February 2012, in the framework of the BirdLife/MAVA Foundation project on “strengthening networks for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats along the West Coast of Africa – CMB project”. The aim of the meeting was to take stock of the project implementation following its launch in October 2010 and to set targets for activities to be implemented in 2012. Ms. Evelyn Parh Moloko, Coordinator for the AEWA African Initiative attended the meeting on behalf of the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat. [read on]
In Focus: AEWA Popular Series - “Migratory Waterbirds and Climate Change – Effects Within the African-Eurasian Flyways”
Climate change has been widely cited as one of the most significant threats to all ecosystems, and wetlands are especially vulnerable to rising temperatures because of their sensitivity to changes in water level and susceptibility to changes in rainfall and evaporation. During their migration - sometimes several thousands of kilometers - migratory waterbirds depend on multiple and sometimes diverse habitats, many of which are wetlands, for their survival. [read on]
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.The importance of the site inventory is also recognised in Paragraph 3.1.1 of the AEWA Action Plan. [read on]
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