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Presentation on the Critical Site Network (CSN) Tool now available online


Mr. Ward Hagemeijer (Wetlands International) presenting the CSN ToolBonn, 6 August 2010 - A presentation on the Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) Project's Critical Site Network (CSN) Tool is now available on the video-sharing website YouTube. The presentation was given during the official launch of the CSN Tool on 14 June 2010 at an International Waterbird Conservation Symposium which took place in The Hague, the Netherlands to mark the 15th Anniversary of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA).

Mr. Ward Hagemeijer (Wetlands International) and Dr. Lincoln Fishpool (BirdLife International) presented the CSN Tool on behalf of the WOW Partnership, highlighting the website's main features and multiple uses to the 120 international guests attending the event.

Some of the participants of the 15th Anniversary of AEWA Symposium (Pictured from right: Mr Roger Jaensch (EAAFP), Mr Crawford Prentice (ICF), Ms Nicola Crockford (BLI/RSPB), Mr David Stroud (JNCC) / Photo: F. Keil (UNEP/AEWA Secretariat). Mr. Ward Hagemeijer, Head of Biodiversity and Ecological Networks at Wetlands International presenting the CSN Tool / Photo: N. Pankau (UNEP/AEWA Secretariat). Dr. Lincoln Fishpool, Global Important Bird Area Coordinator at BirdLife International presenting the CSN Tool / Photo: F. Keil (UNEP/AEWA Secretariat).

The ‘Critical Site Network (CSN)’ Tool provides comprehensive information on 294 waterbird species from 3,020 sites. It is designed to make information easily available on the most important sites for migratory waterbirds, both at the national and international level.

The tool provides an unprecedented level of access to information for all waterbird species covered by AEWA, bringing together the most current information available internationally on the species and the sites they use. It also provides enhanced support to governments and others in recognising and managing key wetlands for waterbirds, including those designated as Wetlands of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

The tool has already revealed major gaps in the protection of many critical sites used by migratory waterbirds across Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Central Asia, showing that a staggering one-third of the critical sites (representing over 1,000 individual sites within the network) are entirely unprotected, putting the future of many migratory waterbirds at risk.

The presentation has now been made available as a slidecast with the original audio recording from the meeting and includes examples which show how the CSN Tool can be used to support both national and international conservation efforts for migratory waterbirds and the sites they use.

Critical Site Network (CSN) Tool Powerpoint Presentation

Presentation of the Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) Project Critical Site Network (CSN) Tool at the 15th Anniversary of AEWA Symposium on 14 June 2010  in The Hague, the Netherlands. The original presentation is available as a slidecast split into three parts below:

The Critical Site Network (CSN) Tool:

To access the consultation version of the CSN Tool please click here or use this link:

Further Information

Or contact the CSN Tool Development Team: Szabolcs NagyVicky Jones and Andrew Cottam.




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