AEWA News

Inger Andersen Visits CMS, AEWA and EUROBATS

Inger Andersen, the newly-appointed Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), came to Bonn to meet the staff of the CMS Family as well as other Bonn-based UN agencies. The visit was part of a series of meetings in Europe, including attending the opening of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Geneva.

23 August 2019

Further Progress Made in Planning Conservation Action for the Grey Crowned-crane

The AEWA International Working Group for the Grey Crowned-crane (GCC IWG) met for the first time in Entebbe, Uganda from 24 to 26 July. After intensive discussions, considerable progress was made in drawing up a concrete implementation plan covering the period to 2022, with specific national activities complementing wider regional and international tasks.

02 August 2019

New Film: Waterbird Monitoring in Africa: The Chad Experience

The AEWA Secretariat is pleased to share this video entitled “Waterbird Monitoring in Africa: The Chad Experience”, recently released by the Technical Support Unit (TSU) to the AEWA African Initiative. The video was developed with the support of the project “Strengthening expertise in sub-Saharan Africa on birds and their rational use for communities and their environment” (RESSOURCE), in the framework of the Sahelian Wetlands Site component of the Sustainable Wildlife Management (SWM) Programme.

02 August 2019

1st Meeting of the AEWA Grey Crowned-crane International Working Group Convenes in Entebbe

The International Working Group for the Grey Crowned-crane is meeting for the first time from 24 to 26 July following the adoption of the associated International Single Species Action Plan at AEWA MOP6 in 2015. The primary aim of the meeting is to operationalize the Action Plan by agreeing implementation priorities for the Range States both individually and collectively at a supranational level. Initial focus will concentrate on the next three and half years covering the period 2019-2022. Encouragingly, most of the principal Range States are registered to participate.

19 July 2019

The 2019 Annual EGMP Meeting Advances Goose Management in Europe

The fourth annual meeting of the European Goose Management International Working Group (EGM IWG4) concluded its work in Perth, Scotland, the United Kingdom on Thursday, 20 June 2019. Hosted by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), on behalf of the Scottish Government and chaired by Ms Camilla Uldal, from Denmark, the meeting brought together national government representatives, experts and relevant stakeholders. The annual meeting was preceded by a day of face-to-face meetings of the various Task Forces established under the EGM IWG.

05 July 2019

Training of Trainers on Flyway Conservation

An AEWA Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop on the flyway approach to the conservation and wise use of waterbirds and wetlands took place from 6 to 10 May in Benin. The workshop was jointly organized by the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat and the Directorate General of Water, Forests and Hunting (DGEFC) of Benin, in cooperation with the Ramsar Secretariat and the Wadden Sea Flyway Initiative (WSFI). It was made possible thanks to generous financial and in-kind support from the Government of Benin and the European Commission’s Global Public Goods and Challenges (GPGC) Thematic Programme Strategic Cooperation Agreement (SCA) with UN Environment and the WSFI.

21 June 2019

World Migratory Bird Day 2019 Sparks Major Support

Under the theme “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution” the 2019 World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) campaign was a record-breaking celebration and a great success. As the main organizers behind WMBD, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) Secretariats, with their partner Environment for the Americas (EFTA), are pleased to share a few of the many highlights of the campaign.

07 June 2019

World Migratory Bird Day 2019 - Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution

Every year, World Migratory Bird Day presents an annual theme aiming to raise awareness of issues affecting migratory birds and to inspire people and organizations around the world to take measures for their conservation. This year’s theme − “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution!” − will put the spotlight on the negative impact of plastic pollution on migratory birds and their habitats.

08 May 2019

Nikolai Petkov Wins Whitley Award

Dr. Nikolai Petkov of the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) is one of this year’s winners of the prestigious awards granted by the Whitley Fund for Nature to local conservation leaders. Also called ‘Green Oscars’, these high-profile awards provide various types of grants to enable conservationists to scale up their vital work and make a real and measurable difference to wildlife and local communities.

03 May 2019

AEWA Technical Committee Sets Path for Work in 2019 - 2021

The 15th Meeting of the AEWA Technical Committee took place from 9 to 11 April at the UN Premises in Bonn, Germany. This was the first meeting of the AEWA Technical Committee since the 7th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA, which was held in Durban, South Africa in December 2018 as well as the first meeting in the implementation period of the Strategic Plan 2019-2027. The Technical Committee provides the scientific advice and expertise which is essential for the implementation of the Agreement.

12 April 2019