The Central African Republic Accedes to AEWA as Party No. 78

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce the accession of the Central African Republic as AEWA’s 78th Party. The country’s membership to the Agreement took effect on 1 January. The Central African Republic is a landlocked country in the heart of the continent bordering with Cameroon, Chad, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and Sudan. The country has an area of just over 620,000 km2 and a population of 4.6 million (2016 estimates); the capital is Bangui.

08 January 2019

AEWA MOP7 Daily Coverage for Thursday, 6 December 2018

Durban, 7 December 2018 - The third day of AEWA MOP7 in Durban (Thursday, 6 December 2018) was dedicated to detailed discussion in two separate working groups.

07 December 2018

AEWA MOP7 Daily Coverage for Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Discussion of substantive business got under way on the second day of the Seventh Session of the Meeting of Parties to AEWA on Wednesday, 5 December 2018. The first item discussed was the AEWA Strategic Plan 2019-2027, with Parties acknowledging that it contained ambitious objectives and for full implementation more resources would be required. Given current financial constraints, priority should be focused on the most pressing actions.

06 December 2018

New Study Predicts that African Waterbirds Will Suffer from Climate Change

A new study launched by Wetlands International and BirdLife International at AEWA MOP7 today, shows that many High Arctic breeding waders and African waterbirds are predicted to suffer more from the impacts of climate change than European birds. The latest climate change models reveal a disconcerting future for waterbirds in Africa, which can only be prevented through unprecedented collaboration across sectors and a strong alliance of countries committed to maintaining a Climate Resilient Network of sites important to waterbirds and people.

06 December 2018

AEWA MOP7 Daily Coverage for Tuesday, 4 December 2018

The seventh Meeting of the Parties (MOP7) to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) opened on Tuesday, 4 December in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, under the theme “Beyond 2020: Shaping Flyway Conservation for the Future”. The meeting was officially opened by Fernando Spina as Chair of AEWA MOP6, who thanked the Government of South Africa and the Municipality of Durban for hosting the meeting.

05 December 2018

Conservation Evidence at AEWA MOP7

You may have seen the University of Cambridge/Conservation Evidence stand at AEWA MOP 7 – if you haven’t, do head along and find out more. Conservation Evidence is a project gathering the scientific evidence for how well conservation actions work, from reducing seabird bycatch to legal protection of species and habitats. They are collecting information on the effectiveness of ways to save all species and all habitats everywhere in the world; they estimate that they are about two-thirds of the way there, having already gathered over 5,000 studies.

05 December 2018

AEWA Conservation Award Presented to Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency

Today, the Nature Conservation Sector (NCS) of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, Ministry of Environment, was declared the winner of the AEWA Conservation Award. The Conservation Award for the institutional category has been presented at the opening ceremony of the 7th Meeting of the Parties in Durban, South Africa.

04 December 2018

AEWA Conservation Award Presented to Israeli Avian Ecologist

Today, Mr. Ohad Hatzofe, Avian Ecologist of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, has been declared the winner of the AEWA Conservation Award. The Conservation Award for the individual category has been presented at a special ceremony on the opening day of the 7th Meeting of the Parties in Durban, South Africa.

04 December 2018

British Ornithologist Declared Honorary Patron of UN Waterbird Agreement

Today, David Alan Stroud MBE, Senior Ornithologist at the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, was declared Honorary Patron of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA). David Stroud has been part of the bedrock of AEWA since its inception. He has contributed widely to the development and implementation of the Agreement with involvement across the board in all aspects of its work.

04 December 2018

Showcasing Action for AEWA Priority Species: Eurasian Curlew

The AEWA International Singles Species Action Plan for the Conservation of the Eurasian Curlew was published in 2015 and runs until 2025. On breeding grounds across northern Europe, research has identified the main drivers of population decline as low breeding success (through loss of nests and chicks to agricultural practices and predators) alongside the loss, fragmentation and degradation of breeding habitats. The impact of continuing hunting in France could pose a serious additional threat for declining breeding populations.

04 December 2018