AEWA Electronic Update:
AEWA celebrates 15 years of flyway conservation in action!
The 15th Anniversary of AEWA will be celebrated on 14-15 June at a special Symposium hosted by the Government of the Netherlands in The Hague, where AEWA was concluded on 16 June 1995 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This two-day Symposium will provide an opportunity to look back on the achievements made under AEWA as well as at the challenges lying ahead. Six workshops will be carried out, each with a different focus. [read on]
AEWA History Book documents the early years of the Agreement
To mark the 15th Anniversary of AEWA, the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat has prepared a publication describing the early history of the Agreement. This publication covers the period 1985-2000 and looks at the development and implementation of AEWA in the broader context of waterbird and wetland conservation over the last 40-50 years. The publication contains hundreds of historic photos, documents and references which, together with the text, illustrate the evolvement of AEWA into the international treaty it is today. [read on]
The journey of the Black-tailed Godwit in watercolour
In cooperation with the Belgian wildlife painter Yves Fagniart, the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat has created a book on the Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa). To mark the Agreement’s 15th Anniversary, this publication will be presented at the Symposium taking place in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 14 and 15 June 2010. [read on]
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2010 celebrated by thousands of people around the world!
The fifth World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) took place on 8-9 May 2010 and motivated thousands of people in over 43 countries to conduct special events and activities to mark this global celebration. The central theme of this year’s WMBD: “Save migratory birds in crisis – every species counts!” aimed to raise awareness about globally threatened migratory birds, with a particular focus on those birds on the very edge of extinction - the Critically Endangered. The WMBD 2010 theme was closely linked to the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB), which was declared by the UN General Assembly for the year 2010 to bring greater international attention to the continued loss of biodiversity worldwide. [read on]
AEWA Implementation Review Process - first case focuses on the conservation of the Sociable Lapwing in Syria
The AEWA Implementation Review Process (IRP) was established by the Meeting of the Parties in 2008 through Resolution 4.6 to assist the implementation of the Agreement by the Contracting Parties. The IRP addresses cases of adverse effects or potential adverse effects either on migratory waterbirds or on their sites and habitats as a result of human activities. [read on]
Moscow workshop – a further step towards promoting Russian accession to AEWA
The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat organized a two-day workshop together with the All-Russian Research Institute for Nature Conservation at the Moscow Zoo on 30-31 of March to promote the accession of the Russian Federation to the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA). [read on]
Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) Project Update: Major outputs being delivered this Year
2010 will mark the finalization of the Wings over Wetlands (WOW) UNEP-GEF African-Eurasian Flyways Project - the largest flyway-scale project ever undertaken to date. Consequently all of the remaining project activities and outputs will be delivered over the course of this year. Major outputs include the Critical Site Network (CSN) Tool which will be launched at the AEWA 15th Anniversary celebration in June and the WOW Flyway Training Kit recently launched at the CBD SBSTTA meeting in Nairobi in May. In addition the WOW Steering Committee and Project Team came together for a last meeting in Wakkerstroom, South Africa in March. [read on]
In Focus: AEWA Conservation Guideline No. 8 - Guidelines on reducing crop damage, damage to fisheries, bird strikes and other forms of conflict between waterbirds and human activities
In many parts of the AEWA area, local reductions in hunting pressure, the creation of bird sanctuaries and the expansion of rubbish tips have led to increased survival rates amongst some species of birds. This has led to significant increases in several populations of waterbirds in recent decades. This development, coupled with the intensification of agriculture, aquaculture, commercial and recreational fisheries, as well as aviation, have led to greater conflict between some waterbird species and human activities. [read on]
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