Statements of the Executive Secretary

25 Years of AEWA – Statement by Jacques Trouvilliez, Executive Secretary of AEWA

It was 25 years ago that I was in the Netherlands, in Den Haag to be more precise, as a French delegate to finalize the second round of negotiation on the AEWA treaty. There were 146 participants in all, representatives from 64 Range States plus many observers.  It was a hard week of work, with discussions in plenaries and in the corridors.  Most of us ended up exhausted despite the coffee breaks. The Netherlands hosted this formal meeting after several informal ones. I would like to pay tribute to Gerard Boere, from the Dutch Ministry (also a keen birder) for all his successful efforts.

16 June 2020

Statement by Jacques Trouvilliez, Executive Secretary of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) on World Environment Day 2020

The coronavirus crisis has led many of us to reflect on humanity’s relationship with the natural world and to recognize that this relationship is now seriously out of balance, with dire consequences for our health, wealth, everyday lives and continued well-being.  We have taken for granted for too long the benefits that we derive from nature and are beginning to pay the price of neglect, overexploitation and lack of respect for the environment.  World Environment Day, with its slogan “Time for Nature”, is a timely wake-up call for us to ensure a sustainable future, where we support nature so that it can support us.

02 June 2020