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02-Feb-2016, views: 633

The precipitous loss of wetlands and freshwater biodiversity over the last decades has been widely reported – and alongside this, many organisations, including Wetlands International, point to the urgent need to give greater emphasis to protecting and better managing wetlands and especially freshwater ecosystems. What will it take to turn the trends for wetlands around?

29-Jan-2016, views: 394

By Ward Hagemeijer

24 January 2016, Barr al Hikman - This day’s #IWC50 count of Barr al Hikman in Oman covers the land north of the Shannah harbour. The result was good and interesting sightings were made including a Barbary Falcon Falco pelegrinoides hunting for waterbirds. However, the highlight of today was a finding on the mudflats adjacent to our campsite, at low tide. Leon found a nice group of Great Knots Calidris tenuirostris and amongst them a bird with colour rings on its leg, probably marked by researchers all the way from Sakhalin in Eastern Russia! This very exciting record reinforces the global importance of Barr al Hikman, including it being a home to the Great Knot, a species with populations under threat. 

26-Jan-2016, views: 474

By Ward Hagemeijer

Barr Al Hikman, 26 January 2016 – This past Saturday we counted 70,000 roosting birds along the shoreline of Bar Al Hikman, and another 120,000 on the sebkha (the Arabic word for salt plains), and the mangroves nearby. 

23-Jan-2016, views: 455

By Ward Hagemeijer

Barr al Hikman, 21 January 2016 - After weeks of preparation and anticipation, the big day arrived: the 2016 counts in Oman!

08-Jan-2016, views: 1253

January 2016. To mark the 50th count of the International Waterbird Census (IWC), Wetlands International has launched a year-long campaign “Let’s make it count” in partnership with its national and international IWC partners, volunteers and governments. With this campaign Wetlands International wants to raise the bar and increase the number of important wetland sites covered by the annual count, and ensure the latest and most up-to-date information about waterbirds is available to support conservation action worldwide. The IWC was launched 50 years ago and has become one of the most valuable biodiversity monitoring programmes in the world. This programme  supports conservation and management of wetlands and waterbirds in all the world’s flyways. We need your help to make this special year count for waterbirds and their conservation! 

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16-Nov-2015, views: 574

The Critical Sites Network tool was launched in 2010 to provide access to information about waterbird populations and their most important habitat sites. The importance of this tool is well recognised, so we are happy to announce that a new version is being developed.

13-Nov-2015, views: 814

Bonn, Germany – A new initiative to identify and restore critical wetlands for waterbirds flying between Europe and Africa that are vulnerable to climate change was launched by Wetlands International at the occasion of the African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) conference. The four-year initiative will demonstrate community-based restoration in Mali and Ethiopia. These examples will be used to further increase the resilience of waterbird populations and people at the local, national and international levels. An animated video featuring the goals and approach of the initiative premiered.

09-Nov-2015, views: 725

The Association Inter-Villageoise (AIV Ndiaël) of northern Senegal was awarded the prestigious 2015 Conservation Award by the African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) today. Vogelbescherming Nederland (BirdLife in The Netherlands) and Wetlands International have supported the work of AIV Ndiaël and were present at the award ceremony.

06-Nov-2015, views: 732

Abdoulaye Ndiaye of Senegal is being awarded the 2015 individual Conservation Award by the African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA). Abdoulaye was a long-time staff member of Wetlands International and currently acts as an Associate Expert. The award will be presented at the AEWA Meeting of the Parties taking place in Bonn, Germany from 9 to 14 November.

23-Sep-2015, views: 683

From www.waddensea-secretariat.org: The Wadden Sea is proving to be a weak link in the East Atlantic Flyway, a migratory bird route from the Arctic region down the coasts of Europe and Africa to South Africa. Bird counts have revealed that the more dependent a migratory bird population is on the Wadden Sea, the less successful conservation of the species tends to be. Migratory birds breeding in the Wadden Sea are particularly vulnerable, although some fish-eating species are actually faring better in recent years.

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