The CIC would like to join in celebrating the 25th anniversary of AEWA – the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds, an independent international treaty developed under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Convention on Migratory Species.
The intergovernmental treaty was set up on 16 June 1995, with the aim of coordinating efforts to protect migratory bird species and their habitats in the African-Eurasian region.
During this 25-year period, AEWA has played a critical role in seeking to ensure that the utilisation of migratory waterbirds is conducted sustainably across their flyways, in accordance with the best available knowledge on their ecology and on ecological systems.
It has also helped to ensure that contributions from local and indigenous peoples have been taken into consideration when looking to support the conservation and sustainable use of migratory species and their habitats.
As an organisation, the CIC is actively involved in supporting the work of AEWA through the CIC Membership network, with a number of CIC experts regularly in attendance at AEWA meetings and working groups.
Since 2016, we have also been joining AEWA in celebrating World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), along with other WMBD partners.
With an eye to the future, the 8th Meeting of the Parties to AEWA (MOP8) is due to take place in Budapest, Hungary in 2021 within the framework of the One With Nature – World of Hunting and Nature Exhibition. The CIC is actively engaged in assisting the AEWA Secretariat and the Hungarian Government in preparations for AEWA MOP8.
The CIC would like to take this opportunity to congratulate AEWA for 25 years of excellent work, and is looking forward to assisting in the ongoing efforts to protect migratory waterbirds and support sustainable use.
For more information on AEWA’s 25th anniversary, please visit their dedicated webpage.