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Pre-MOP Meeting in Eswatini – 12-14 September 2018

A Preparatory Meeting for the 7th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA (Pre-MOP7) will be organized for African Parties. The meeting will take place at the Royal Swazi Spa hotel in the Ezulwini Valley in Eswatini from 12 – 14 September 2018.

07 September 2018

AEWA MOP7 to Take Place in Durban, South Africa

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce that the 7th Session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP7) to the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) will take place 4 - 8 December 2018 in Durban, South Africa. The decision on the venue was officially communicated to the Secretariat by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs , which also announced that it has appointed the Olive Convention Centre located in the heart of the city of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal Province as the venue for hosting AEWA MOP7.

20 July 2018

Netherlands Hosts European Goose Management Meetings

Representatives of Range State Governments, designated national experts and key stakeholders came together in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands from 20 to 21 June for the 3rd annual meeting of the AEWA European Goose Management International Working Group (AEWA EGM IWG). The meeting was kindly hosted by the Province of Friesland and chaired by Mr. Øystein Størkersen, representing Norway.

20 July 2018

AEWA Standing Committee Meets in The Hague

The 13th Meeting of the AEWA Standing Committee took place from 3- 5 July 2018 in The Hague, the Netherlands. The meeting was kindly hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and was chaired by Dr. Barirega Akankwasah of Uganda.
The three-day meeting was the final intersessional meeting of the Committee ahead of the Seventh Meeting of the Parties to AEWA (MOP 7) due to take place 4-8 December in South Africa later this year.

10 July 2018

Workshop for Spoonbill Experts – Djerba, Tunisia, November 2018

The AEWA Eurasian Spoonbill International Expert Group (ESIEG) in conjunction with the Association “les Amis des Oiseaux”, the BirdLife partner in Tunisia, is organizing a workshop to be held on Djerba Island from 14 to 18 November. The workshop is open to members of the Expert Group as well as the wider Eurasian Spoonbill network and any additional stakeholders with an interest in wetland conservation. It will be of interest to staff from a variety of nature conservation organizations, including scientists, statutory agencies, NGOs, volunteers and students.

02 July 2018

AEWA Executive Secretary’s Message for World Migratory Bird Day 2018

In his video message for the World Migratory Bird Day 2018, AEWA Executive Secretary Dr. Jacques Trouvilliez highlights the fact that even familiar and widespread migratory bird species are facing the danger of extinction. Listing education and global cooperation as key solutions, he stresses the urgent need for immediate international action to reverse the alarming trends of migratory birds’ decline.

10 May 2018

Ground-breaking Flyways Summit Held in Abu Dhabi

A four-day summit concluded in Abu Dhabi on 26 April, at which many of the key players in global bird conservation participated representing NGOs, the scientific community, governments and the CMS Family. The main item under discussion was how migratory birds can be better protected at every point of their arduous journeys along the flyways.

04 May 2018

AEWA Technical Committee Meets in Bonn

The 14th Meeting of the AEWA Technical Committee (TC14) took place in Bonn from 10 to 13 April 2018. The Regional Representatives on the Committee reported on the status of implementation in their geographic areas since the last meeting in 2016. The Technical Committee focused on finalizing tasks from its Work Plan 2016-2018 that involved reviewing numerous documents in preparation for the 7th Session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP7), which will be held in South Africa from 4 to 8 December 2018.

20 April 2018

First “World Curlew Day” to be Launched Tomorrow

With their long downcurved bills and distinctive call (“cur-loo”), curlews are among the most recognizable of all wading birds. But these large, long-lived shorebirds are also among the most threatened migratory birds on Earth: Two of eight curlew species have not been seen for decades and, tragically, may well be extinct (the Eskimo and the Slender-billed Curlew). Another three (the Eurasian, the Bristle-thighed, and the Far Eastern) are listed as being of conservation concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

20 April 2018

Meetings of AEWA Bodies in 2018

As previously announced in the December edition of the AEWA e-Newsletter (December 2017), 2018 is a busy year for AEWA with meetings scheduled for the Technical Committee, the Standing Committee and the Meeting of the Parties. Arrangements for all three are progressing well.

10 April 2018