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UNEP-GEF African / Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Flyways proposal approved

01-Dec-2003

The Global Environment Facility proposal has been a complex undertaking implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme and lead by Wetlands International as the executing agency in partnersh...
The Global Environment Facility proposal has been a complex undertaking implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme and lead by Wetlands International as the executing agency in partnership with BirdLife International as the other key technical agency. The other key stakeholders have been the African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement under the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species and the Ramsar Convention. Following a series of technical reviews by independent technical experts and various implementing agencies the proposal was recently put forward for consideration by the GEF Council during their meeting during 19-21 November. We are delighted to be able to inform you that the project was approved. This means that the project will now move to the next stage of planning prior to implementation. The UNEP Project Document is now being developed in collaboration with the project partners and will subsequently be submitted to the UNEP CEO for endorsement. Once this is achieved the Project Document will be put forward for signature by the project's partners which will signal the start of the project's implementation. Due to the project's complex nature and the many partners involved this may be a time-consuming process and so project implementation will still be some way ahead in 2004. However, the Council's approval marks a significant step forward for the project after a period of long and hard work by Wetlands International and our partners. Our thanks to all of those who have assisted us from our networks, member countries and partner organizations and lets look forward for a successful implementation in 2004! We will post more information on the proposal on the Wetlands International website as it becomes available.

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