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Conserving Waterbirds in Africa’s Sahelo-Saharan Region

The partners of the RESSOURCE project meeting in Rome at the seat of the FAO from 9 to 11 May are keen to stress the importance of the conservation and sustainable use of migratory waterbirds in the Sahelo-Saharan region of Africa. The initial results of the project seem to indicate that hunting waterbirds for food is far from negligible and that it contributes to improving living conditions for local communities.

10 May 2017

World Migratory Bird Day Concert in Bologna

The Corale Lirica San Rocco will be giving a benefit concert in Bologna on 13 May, as part of the annual celebrations of World Migratory Bird Day. The operatic choir, which gave a concert in Bonn the last four years, will now perform in its home city. The matinee will start at 11.00 hrs in the historical Cappella Farnese di Palazzo D’Accursio.

09 May 2017

New Official Arabic Version of the Agreement Text is Published!

A new Arabic version of the Agreement text and its annexes as amended by the 6th session of the Meeting of the Parties in November 2015 was kindly provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in its capacity as Depositary of the Agreement. The translation was cleared by the AEWA Arabic-speaking Contracting Parties and finally approved by the AEWA Standing Committee in April 2017, as mandated by Resolution 6.2.

08 May 2017

Goose Management: From Local to Flyway Scale

A special volume of Ambio, the journal of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, has been recently published containing 14 articles based on material presented at the Gram Slot Conference on “Goose Management: Challenges 2015” held from 27 to 29 October 2015 in Denmark. Among the contributors are Jesper Madsen and David Stroud. Jesper is a professor at the Department of Bioscience at Aarhus University in Denmark, Chairman of the Waterbird Harvest Specialist Group of Wetlands International and Coordinator of the AEWA European Goose Management Platform Data Centre, whereas David is the former Chair of the AEWA Technical Committee and a longstanding UK National Technical Focal Point for AEWA.

27 April 2017

Kuki Gallmann Shot and Wounded

Staff at the Secretariats of CMS and AEWA were deeply shocked to learn of the attack at the weekend on Kuki Gallmann, who was shot and severely wounded by armed intruders on her estate Ol ari Nyiro in Laikipia, Kenya .Ms Gallmann, a noted conservationist and author, whose autobiographical work “I Dreamed of Africa” was made into a film in 2000 starring Kim Basinger, was the first person to be appointed a “CMS Ambassador”.

24 April 2017

AEWA Small Grants Fund Project Successfully Concluded in Guinea

A waterbird conservation project in Guinea was successfully implemented by BirdLife International, in collaboration with the Government of Guinea and other national partners, in the framework of the AEWA Small Grants Fund (SGF). The project, entitled “Strengthening National Capacity for sustainable conservation of Migratory Waterbirds in Guinea”, was funded under the 2013 cycle of the AEWA Small Grants Fund and implemented in the period 2014-2016. It contributed to the BirdLife/MAVA Foundation-funded Conservation of Migratory Birds Project (CMB).

06 March 2017

Capacity-building in Gabon to Conserve Migratory Waterbirds

Gabon has completed a project aiming to enhance technical and operational capacity to support the survey and monitoring of migratory waterbirds and their habitats in the country. This project which lasted 16 months was led by the Gabon Ministry of Water and Forests, through the Directorate General for Wildlife and Protected Areas, under the 2013 cycle of the AEWA Small Grants Fund (SGF).

03 March 2017

World Migratory Bird Day 2017 Website Launched!

The 2017 World Migratory Bird Day website is now live, the registration of events is open! For more than ten years now, World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) has raised awareness about the need for conservation of migratory birds and their habitats, about the threats they face, their ecological importance, and about the need for international cooperation to conserve them. Every year people across the planet take action and organize public events such as bird festivals, education programmes, exhibitions and bird-watching excursions to celebrate WMBD. The main day for the international celebrations is 10 May, but activities can also be undertaken at any time of the year when the regional peak of migrations is best.

02 March 2017

International Waterbird Census (IWC) – Chad – January 2017

From 15 to 20 January 2017, the Technical Support Unit (TSU) for the AEWA African Initiative along with the Directorate for Wildlife Conservation and Protected Areas of Chad (DCFAP), Zakouma National Park and with the support of a volunteer ornithologist from the Tour du Valat have jointly carried out the first waterbird census at the Bahr Aouk and Salamat floodplains Ramsar Site - see the location map. Situated in the south of Chad, the vast complex of floodplains, rivers and ponds of some 5,000,000 hectares is one of the largest Ramsar Sites in the world.

21 February 2017

Outcomes of Kazakhstan Lesser White-fronted and Red-breasted Goose Expedition (2016)

The AEWA Lesser White-fronted Goose Working Group is pleased to announce the completion of a new report which features the outcomes of an international expedition carried out in Kazakhstan in September-October 2016 with the goal to obtain up-to-date estimates for the Western main Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus) population, as well as for the global population of Red-breasted Geese (Branta ruficollis). Both species are globally threatened and are ranked as ‘Vulnerable’ in the IUCN Red List.

17 February 2017