the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory
will be 10 years old in 2005, the Standing Committee of
the Agreement has declared the second weekend of April (9
and 10 April 2005) as the Migratory Waterbird Days (MWDs).
We believe that this new international event within the
AEWA area will become popular, will prove to be useful and
will be celebrated annually throughout Europe, Africa, the
Middle East and Central Asia.
The idea behind the MWDs is to draw the attention of the
public and the authorities to the importance of the local
and national levels as an integral part of the flyway conservation
of migratory waterbird species. The emphasis of this year's
celebrations will be on the 10th
anniversary of the Agreement. The Secretariat
has prepared a poster featuring the history of the Agreement
to date, to be distributed mainly during the MWDs.
In a total of 20 countries, state institutions and NGOs
have undertaken to organise various events locally and/or
nationally, such as press conferences, birdwatching excursions,
etc. They have also expressed their interest in producing
the poster in their own languages. For this purpose the
Secretariat has provided small grants to some countries
to facilitate the printing of these posters. As soon as
we receive reports on these events they will be published
on the Agreement's website. Please keep a lookout for them,
and if for some reason you are unable to take part in the
MWDs this year, please make a note in your calendars that
next year the MWDs will be on 8 and 9 April 2006. We wish
you all an enjoyable celebration!
click here to view a larger version of the AEWA
10th Anniversary Poster (156Kb)