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Germany : Countries Commit to Tackling Multiple Threats to Migratory Waterbirds.

22 resolutions, including action plans for highly threatened seabirds and guidelines for the sustainable use of waterbirds, were adopted at the Sixth Meeting of Parties (MOP6) to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which concluded on Saturday at the United Nations Campus in Bonn.

Migratory waterbirds such as storks, ducks, geese and the African Penguin are especially vulnerable to a wide range of threats along their often long migration routes across Africa and Eurasia.

Jacques Trouvilliez, Executive Secretary of AEWA said: "AEWA forms a bridge between Eurasia and Africa, which is indispensable for the conservation of transcontinental migrants. The objectives of the EU Birds Directive adopted in 1979 cannot fully be achieved if actions are limited to just the political dimension. AEWA allows concerted actions to be launched throughout the flyway which extends from Russia to South Africa; however, the pressures on the birds vary from north to south."

"Our actions are based not only on the best scientific expertise but also on reconciling human well-being with biodiversity conservation because without the support of local communities we cannot succeed," he added. "The conservation of nature requires both scientific knowledge and involvement of human societies. It explains the focus on Africa through the African Initiative of the Agreement adopted 3 years ago."

Abdoulaye N'Diaye, Coordinator Technical Support Unit to the African Initiative of AEWA and the winner of the 2015 AEWA Conservation Award said: "Waterbird conservation in Africa is linked to improving the livelihoods of people. We cannot just assume that the same level of capacity for wetland management and monitoring of our shared waterbirds exists across the Flyway."

More than 200 representatives and key experts from party states, observer states, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations attended the conference to guide future conservation efforts for migratory waterbirds across the African-Eurasian Flyway. AEWA was concluded 20 years ago under the auspices of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). It is the largest legally binding agreement under the Convention to date.

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Date:Nov 17, 2015
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