Current Articles | Search | Syndication

Strong basis for migratory waterbird conservation established at AEWA meeting


La Rochelle, France - At the 5th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (14-18 May in La Rochelle, France), the Contracting Parties adopted 27 resolutions of which one third of all resolutions have included relevance to the Critical Site Network Tool, to the Flyway Training Kit or in general to the Wings Over Wetlands Project. All these products were produced under Wetlands International’s leadership and set a solid base for migratory waterbird conservation in the region.

Wetlands International’s work at the meeting has featured strongly both on the official agenda of the meeting and amongst side events.

Side events & plenary

We had well attended side events to introduce the Wings Over Wetlands and the Waterbird Monitoring Partnerships. In addition, Wetlands International’s staff Abdoulaye N’Diaye has chaired the side event on the Wadden Sea Flyway Initiative. Wetlands International’s staff, Szabolcs Nagy, and associate expert, Tim Dodman, have given five plenary presentations including key agenda points such as the Conservation Status Report, the Site Protection Report, Plan of Action for Africa. A new publication on the Critical Site Network Tool was also launched (see right).

Tim Dodman and Abdoulaye N’Diaye of our Africa Office have facilitated the pre-MOP consultation on the Plan of Action for Africa, which is expected to be the main framework for enhancing the implementation of the Agreement in that region. The fact that one third of all resolutions have included relevance to the Critical Site Network Tool, to the Flyway Training Kit or in general to the Wings Over Wetlands Project has confirmed the relevance of these products which were developed with the lead of Wetlands International.

International Waterbird Census (IWC)

The importance of our waterbird monitoring work has been recognised by the adoption of a resolution on Establishing a Long-Term Basic Structural Funding Regime for the International Waterbird Census in the African-Eurasian Region. The IWC resolution calls for support to the programme and also request the Technical Committee to report on progress to the next MOP.

Single species action plans

The meeting has adopted a number of international Single Species Action Plans including the one for the Northwest European wintering population of Bewick’s Swan which was developed with our lead.

Realisation of potential

Several resolutions address key threats to waterbirds in Agreement area such as power lines, agrochemicals, climate change, impacts of extractive industries, alien aquatic weeds and renewable energy. With all these resolutions, MOP5 has created strong basis for the conservation and sustainable management of migratory waterbirds and their habitats in the African-Eurasian Flyway. However, Contracting Parties, multilateral environmental agreements and international organisations will need to work hard to realise the potentials created at the meeting.


For more information:

Dr Szabolcs Nagy

Press contact

Communications and Advocacy Department