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Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction

World Wetlands Day, celebrated on 2 February is a global annual celebration of the vital socio-environmental role of wetlands and the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands (1971) in the Iranian city of Ramsar. This convention, more commonly known as the Ramsar Convention, is a central partner of AEWA and CMS and is like CMS a member of the Biodiversity Liaison Group (BLG). The Ramsar Convention has 169 Contracting Parties and covers over 2,200 wetland sites, with a combined area of more than 2.1 million square kilometres.

01 February 2017

Appeal Launched to Support Emergency Monitoring of Waterbirds

An appeal to support emergency monitoring of waterbirds currently being hit by extremely cold weather in South-Eastern Europe, was launched by Wetlands International on behalf of the African-European Waterbird Monitoring Partnership today. Funds raised through the appeal will be used to support the work of field teams in South-Eeastern Europe to monitor the conditions of waterbirds and their cold weather refuges.

20 January 2017

Extreme Weather: AEWA Parties Requested to Take Emergency Measures

The sudden onset of winter in parts of Europe, particularly in the south-east of the continent, with extreme low temperatures and heavy snow storms has been affecting waterbird populations. In light of these harsh conditions, the AEWA Secretariat has contacted Contracting Parties that have been affected or potentially affected by the cold spell and encouraged them to evaluate the situation in their countries and consider enacting emergency measures, such as the temporary suspension of waterbird hunting.

18 January 2017

End of Year Message from the Executive Secretary of AEWA

The year 2016 which is now coming to an end has focused on implementing the resolutions adopted at the 6th Meeting of the Parties to AEWA which took place in November 2015. The 6th report on the state of conservation of migratory waterbirds has shown us that concerted actions at the flyway level could make all the difference and underpinned the actions taken nationally to deal with the global threats weighing on the future of far too many species. Thinking globally and acting locally is not just a slogan, it is also an effective way of proceeding.

20 December 2016

New Impetus for Cameroon’s Efforts to Accede to AEWA

A multi-stakeholder consultation workshop took place in Yaoundé from 7 – 8 December 2016, with the aim of re-invigorating the national process for the accession of Cameroon to AEWA. The workshop, which was co-organized by the Cameroon Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF) and the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat, with financial support from the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) in Switzerland, contributes to the implementation of Target 5.1 of the AEWA Plan of Action for Africa which aims to increase membership to AEWA.

20 December 2016

Task Force Statement on H5N8 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in Poultry and Wild Birds

The statement accessible below, from the United Nations Environment Programme/Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Co-Convened Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds is released in response to the recent H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) developments to inform stakeholders in governments, the poultry sector, disease control, wildlife management, site management and conservation sectors about the potential interaction between wild birds and the H5N8 HPAI virus and appropriate ways of taking action.

20 December 2016

Vacancy Announcement: Coordinator for the European Goose Management Platform (P2)

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is currently recruiting an Associate Programme Management Officer at P2-level to join the Secretariat’s Science, Implementation and Compliance Unit.
Main tasks will include facilitating the operations of the European Goose Management Platform and its decision-making body, the AEWA European Goose Management International Working Group as well as promoting other initiatives related to the sustainable use of migratory waterbirds.

20 December 2016

1st Meeting of the AEWA European Goose Management International Working Group Took Place in Sweden

Ushering in a new era for the conservation and sustainable use of goose populations within the African-Eurasian flyways, Range States and observer organisations came together in Kristianstad, Sweden on the 14-16 December for the 1st Meeting of the AEWA European Goose Management International Working Group hosted by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.

19 December 2016

Latest AEWC Newsletter Now Available

The December issue of the African-Eurasian Waterbird Newsletter has just been published. It features articles on October’s 14th Pan-African Ornithological Congress (PAOC) which was held in Senegal, the appointment of Angola’s Miguel Xavier as the new representative for African Coordinators to the Strategic Working Group of the African-Eurasian Waterbird Monitoring Partnership; plans for “Total Counts” to be carried out in North Africa in January 2017, covering all of the wetlands in the five countries concerned; and reports on two workshops.

15 December 2016

EU LIFE+ Lesser White-fronted Goose Project Team Comes Together for Final Meeting

Partner organizations to the EU LIFE+ project “Safeguarding the Lesser White-fronted Goose along its European Flyways” came together at Lake Kerkini in northern Greece from 6 to 9 December for the concluding meeting under the auspices of the project. Final pending activities will be carried out mainly in Greece during the winter season 2016-2017 with the project officially coming to an end in April 2017.

13 December 2016