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Secretariat of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory
Waterbirds (UNEP/AEWA)


AEWA is an international treaty through which states and other stakeholders cooperate on the conservation and sustainable use of the populations of 254 species of migratory waterbirds and their habitats across 119 range states in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, Greenland and the Canadian Archipelago.

AEWA brings together states and the wider int ernational conservation community to ensure coordinated conservation and sustainable use of migratory waterbirds along the entire African-Eurasian flyway. International cooperation across country borders is essential to ensure a favourable conservation status for migratory waterbird populations and to conserve their habitat, which consists mostly of wetlands. The legally binding AEWA Action Plan specifies core actions for contracting parties to warrant the conservation and sustainable use of migratory waterbirds. These include actions for species and habitat conservation and the management of human activities through various means including legal measures, sustainable use or undertaking emergency measures. Research and monitoring, education and awareness-raising, capacity building and sustaining local livelihoods are other aspects addressed under the Agreement. By preserving waterbirds and their habitats, AEWA preserves the wider environment and its natural resources for people.

(Source: UN Bonn Information)

UN Campus
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1
53113 Bonn

Tel.: +49 228 - 81 52 41 3

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Last update: February 1, 2018



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