The Hague, 14 June 2010 - Key organisations from the Wings Over Wetlands project partnership, representing the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), Wetlands International and BirdLife International signed a historic collaborative agreement to redouble their efforts to conserve migratory waterbird species and their critical habitats in Africa and Eurasia.
Innovative website, launched to support international conservation efforts for migratory waterbirds, shows key wetlands across Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Central Asia need protection now
Nairobi, 14 May 2010 - The Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) project - the largest international wetland and waterbird conservation initiative in the African-Eurasian region – today launched the innovative Flyway Training Kit at a special side event presentation during the fourteenth meeting of the CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity) Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-14) in the UNEP Premises, Nairobi, Kenya.
Nairobi, 6 May 2010 - The Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) project - the largest international wetland and waterbird conservation initiative to take place in the African-Eurasian region - is launching an innovative Flyway Training Kit for waterbird conservation at a side event presentation on the fringes of the fourteenth meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity's Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-14) at the UNEP Premises in Nairobi, Kenya.
Ede, 30 April 2010 - The internationally important wetlands of Banc d’Arguin National Park in Mauritania can now rely on 16 new guides specialised in waterbird eco-tourism. The Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) project has trained the guides as part of its newly developed eco-tourism strategy, which includes a circuit of observation towers, tourist infrastructure and training of members of the local Imraguen community.
Bonn / Wakkerstroom, 31 March 2010 - A Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) Project Team and Steering Committee Meeting took place in Wakkerstroom, South Africa from 8-12 March 2010. With the WOW project currently in its final year of implementation, the two meetings brought together key international staff involved in the project and gave participants the opportunity to present the many achievements made in the context of this unique international flyway conservation initiative to date.
Bonn/Ede, 18 February 2010 - The third annual newsletter of the Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) UNEP-GEF African-Eurasian Flyways Project has now been printed and is available from the WOW Project Coordination Unit upon request. The publication, which is also available for download from the WOW website, gives an overview of the WOW project and the latest achievements of this unique flyway initiative in the African-Eurasian region. The newsletter showcases the important flyway-scale conservation work and materials being developed under the project, such as:
Nairobi, Kenya, 11 December 2009 - A national wetland and waterbird training course was held at the Natural History Museum of Mozambique (Museu da Historia Natural) in Maputo, Mozambique from 9 - 17 November 2009. The training was facilitated by Mr. Oliver Nasirwa (Wetlands International), Mr. Paul Kariuki Ndang’ang’a (BirdLife International) and Dr. Carlos Bento (Museu da Historia Natural) and aimed to build national capacity in Mozambique on the conservation and management of wetlands and waterbirds.
Bonn, Germany 2 December 2009 - A sub-regional Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop to build wetland and waterbird management capacity and raise awareness for flyway conservation in Western and Central Africa took place in Limbe, Cameroon from 2-10 November 2009.
Wakkerstroom, South Africa, 23 November 2009 - BirdLife South Africa (BLSA) has recently introduced a new brand called ‘Uthaka’ to help support the agricultural products and crafts produced by the local community in Wakkerstroom. A Swazi phrase meaning “wetland” or literally “a wet place”, the Uthaka label unites five community-owned enterprises, set-up by BirdLife South Africa, which produces products that are linked to sustainable resource use.