AEWA MOP 6, Bonn, Germany : 9-14 November 2015

AEWAPress Release, UNEP-AEWA

The 6th Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) will be held from 9 – 14 November 2015, at the United Nations Campus in Bonn, Germany. The conference will bring together over 200 participants from more than 70 national governments, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations to discuss urgent conservation responses needed to address the many threats and management challenges facing migratory waterbirds in the African-Eurasian region today.

Topics on the agenda of AEWA MOP6 will include:

  • Conservation Status of AEWA Species: the latest Conservation Status Report (CSR) being presented reveals that many populations of waterbirds continue to decline within the AEWA region, however the report is also showing that some populations are benefitting from coordinated conservation measures under AEWA.
  • International Single Species Action Plans for the Shoebill, Grey Crowned-crane, Taiga Bean Goose, Long-tailed Duck, Northern Bald Ibis and the Eurasian Curlew will be presented for adoption.
  • Focus on Seabirds: Two reviews on seabirds, looking at status, threats and conservation priorities as well as on the impact of marine fisheries will be presented. In addition, a first AEWA multi-species action plan for seabirds involving the countries Angola, Namibia and South Africa will be submitted for adoption.
  • Sustainable Harvest of Waterbirds: Revised international guidelines on the topic will be presented, which provide advice on how countries, both individually and collectively, can ensure that harvesting of waterbirds is sustainable.
  • Renewable Energy and Migratory Birds: Guidelines to mitigate the negative effects of renewable energy deployments on migratory animals, amongst them waterbirds, will be presented.
  • Waterbird Conservation in Africa: Building capacity for waterbird conservation while improving the livelihoods amongst local communities in Africa is one of the key aims of AEWA’s African Initiative. A fundamental question is, how can development be reconciled with the conservation of birds and habitats?

The full press release can be downloaded HERE

For more details on the meeting please visit the AEWA website

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