AEWA News

8th Session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP8) in Budapest Confirmed

The 8th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA (MOP8) will take place on 26 – 30 September 2022 in Budapest, Hungary. The Government of Hungary, which had originally invited the MOP8 to take place in October 2021 in the framework of the ‘One with Nature’ exhibition in Budapest, renewed its kind invitation after MOP8 had to be postponed due to the pandemic and confirmed the dates of 26 – 30 September 2022.

14 January 2022

2021 End of Year Message

Dear friends of AEWA, As 2021 draws to a close, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the past year and share some of its highlights for AEWA with you. 2021 will now be the second year in which the COVID-19 pandemic has held much of the world hostage. Globally, the pandemic has had a dramatic effect on life as we know it and my sincere condolences go to everyone who has suffered loss or has struggled in some form during this difficult period.   

21 December 2021

Red List Update: A Cause of Relief and Concern for AEWA Species

The rapidly declining population has led the status of the Maccoa Duck, a waterbird species protected under the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), to be uplisted to Endangered in the updated IUCN Red List of Endangered Species released last week. Seven other AEWA species were downlisted to lower categories, providing a more hopeful news about the status of these species.

14 December 2021

Satellite Tracking of Lesser Flamingos : A Training Workshop in Senegal

A training workshop on satellite tagging and satellite telemetry monitoring of Lesser Flamingos (Phoeniconaias minor) took place at the Djoudj National Bird Park (PNOD) in Senegal from 2 to 5 December 2021. Hosted by the government of Senegal, the 4-day training was jointly organized by the Senegal National Parks Directorate (DPN), the Mauritanian Directorate for the Protection and Restoration of Species and the  Environment (DPREM), the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat and the Tour du Valat research institute.

14 December 2021

World Migratory Bird Day 2022 Theme to Focus on Light Pollution

Light Pollution will be the focus of the World Migratory Bird Day 2022 campaign.  Artificial light is increasing globally by at least 2 per cent per year and it is known to adversely affect many bird species. Light pollution is a significant threat to migratory birds, causing disorientation when they fly at night, leading to collisions with buildings, perturbing their internal clocks, or interfering with their ability to undertake long-distance migrations.  

09 December 2021

New Study: Most African Wetlands Used by Migratory Birds to be Degraded by Climate Change

As much as 87% of the Critical Sites in Africa are predicted to become less suitable for waterbirds by 2050 because of the impact of climate change. These are the findings of a new study by a group of international experts published in Global Change Biology. The research – coordinated by Wetlands International – was supported by the African-Eurasian Waterbirds Agreement (AEWA) and funded by the International Climate Initiative (ICI) of Germany.

25 November 2021

Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird!

“Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird!” is the theme of this year’s World Migratory Bird Day, an annual global campaign dedicated to raising awareness of migratory birds and the need for international cooperation to conserve them. This year the campaign will focus on the phenomena of “bird song” and “bird flight” as a way to inspire and connect people of all ages around the world in their shared desire to celebrate migratory birds and to unite in a common, global effort to protect birds and the habitats they need to survive. 

29 September 2021

8th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA (MOP8) Postponed to 2022

The 8th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA (MOP8) will be postponed to 2022, as recently decided by the AEWA Standing Committee. MOP8 was scheduled to take place on 5 – 9 October 2021 in the framework of the ‘One with Nature’ exhibition in Budapest at the kind invitation of the Government of Hungary. The dates and venue had been confirmed by the Standing Committee at its extraordinary meeting on 28 July 2021.

19 August 2021

Lead Poisoning in Waterfowl: 30 Years of Progress but there Is still Work to Do!

Thirty years ago, on 13 June 1991, a major international meeting convened to address how to eliminate the poisoning of waterbirds with toxic lead gunshot.  Shot is deposited on the ground whenever it is used and subsequently kills when it is consumed by waterbirds.  The conference was organised by the International Waterbirds and Wetlands Research Bureau (now Wetlands International) and its aim was to review the extent of the problems of lead poisoning throughout the world and identify possible solutions. 

14 June 2021

World Migratory Bird Day Celebrated Globally on 8 May

On 8 May 2021, people all over the world celebrated the first peak day of World Migratory Bird Day 2021, a global campaign which aims to raise awareness of migratory birds and the need for international cooperation to conserve them. The campaign was prominently featured on the UN Website in all UN languages on the day and received record-breaking social media coverage around the world. 

17 May 2021