Joint Work Programme between WETLANDS INTERNATIONAL,
CMS and AEWA
first Joint Work Progamme (JWP) between Wetlands International,
the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation
of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Secretariat
of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) was
concluded during a signing ceremony on Wednesday 26 March
2003 at the UN Premises in Bonn.
- CMS Executive Secretary Mr Arnulf Müller-Helmbrecht
pointed out that this was the last in a series of Memoranda
of Understandings and JWPs the CMS Secretariat concluded
over the last few years. Mr Bert Lenten, Executive Secretary
of the AEWA Secretariat, highlighted this JWP to be the
first concluded under AEWA. He stressed the important
commitment of Wetlands International so far as well as
its future role regarding the development and implementation
of the Agreement.
- The JWP will strengthen the communication between Wetlands
International, CMS and AEWA and their subsidiary bodies.
It provides for an exchange of information on annual work
programmes and activities with a view to identifying possible
joint activities. This will lead to joint efforts to achieve
synergies and economies of scale. According to the JWP,
Wetlands International shall make an endeavour to assist
in the implementation of CMS and AEWA. Furthermore, co-operative
activities for the conservation of migratory wetland species
will be promoted. The signatories will take co-ordinated
action at a flyway level, which shall be based on formal
instruments. The development of an agreement for the conservation
of migratory waterbirds and their habitats in the Central
Asian South Asian Flyway is an example at a regional scale.
- With this JWP, a first step is made in close co-operation
between the three Secretariats. It is hoped that more
efficient use can be made of the limited human and financial
resources of each organization. The objective is improved
conservation of migratory species.