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28-Jul-2009, views: 8720

Silute, Lithuania, 28 July 2009 - The Nemunas River Delta Regional Park has received the coveted 2009 European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) Award from the European Commission. This year marks the third phase of the European Destinations of Excellence Competition established by the European Union to highlight the value, diversity and shared characteristics of European tourist destinations.  Launched by the European Commission in 2006, the EDEN award recognizes places where tourism is managed and supports growth in a socially, culturally and environmentally sustainable way.

28-Jul-2009, views: 2869

Group of students on a birdwatching excursion around Lake Burdur, Turkey (Photo: Lale Aktay)Burdur, Turkey, 28 July 2009 - Well-known as one of the world’s most important wintering grounds for the globally-threatened White-headed duck (Oxyura leucocephala), the health of Lake Burdur has been negatively affected in recent years by pollution, urban development and unsustainable agricultural practices, leading to the drying up and degradation of the lake. Worryingly, there was also a relatively low level of environmental awareness among the local population of the natural and recreational values of this wetland habitat and the migratory bird species which depend on it.  Thanks to the efforts of Doga Dernegi and the support of the Municipality of Burdur things are changing fast!

26-Jul-2009, views: 3513

"Langer Eugen" at the UN Premises in Bonn, Germany  / Photo: F. Keil (UNEP/AEWA)Bonn, Germany, 26 July 2009 - The WOW Project Coordination Unit (PCU) staffed by UNOPS has recently relocated to the UN Premises in Bonn, Germany and will be co-located with the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat.

24-Jul-2009, views: 3671

Burdur, Turkey, 24 July 2009 - Lake Burdur is one of the lakes in Turkey that have been drying up quickly over the last 20 years. Doğa Derneği, the BirdLife Partner Designate for Turkey, recently drafted a sermon on the wise-use of water in an effort to reach out and connect with the community of Burdur on the importance of conserving their lake.  The sermon, a collaborative effort between Doğa Derneği, Burdur’s Provincial Mufti and the Burdur Centre Ulu Mosque Imam Nuri Çınar was read during Friday prayers on the 24th of July.

24-Jul-2009, views: 2563

Marko Valker pointing out the new interaktive flyway exhibit on display in the new Haapsalu Visitor Centre / Photo: Florian KeilHaapsalu, Estonia, 24 July 2009 - A new interactive visitor experience in the Haapsalu-Bays is providing tourists with a bird’s eye view of the incredible journeys made by migratory waterbird species. Recently re-located from the neighbouring village of Saunja, Estonia’s Environmental Board recently opened the doors of the newly refurbished Nature Information Centre in Haapsalu on 30 June 2009 to make it more accessible for the many tourists who visit the area for its cultural heritage, beautiful landscapes and recreational value. 

23-Jul-2009, views: 3591

Habitat restoration in the floodplain areas of the Nemunas River Delta, LithuaniaThe Nemunas River Delta, Lithuania, 23 July 2009 – Tucked away along the north-western part of Lithuania is one of the very few natural estuaries remaining in the Baltic Region and a unique example of a coastal wetland complex characteristic of the Eastern Baltic Region.  The Nemunas River Delta is by far the most important wetland complex in Lithuania and a key stop-over site for many migratory waterbirds.  It is also one of the key nesting sites of rare and vulnerable bird species in Europe.


09-Jul-2009, views: 6302

Mr. Garba Mohammed Boyi, the Project Manager of the Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) Project at the Hadejia-Nguru wetlands in Nigeria has been quoted in a recent news article as saying "Hundreds of thousands of species of waterbirds migrate from European countries sometimes traveling a distance of over 5,000 Km to come to this area which is globally known as one of the best habitat for migratory waterbirds. There is every need to ensure that the place is conserved as these birds play a vital role in the wetlands ecosystem. Their droppings provide local manure to aquatic plants as well as feeds to fish."

03-Jul-2009, views: 4220

Wood carvings attract cranes to bird-watching site near Wakkerstroom, South AfricaWakkerstoom, South Africa, 9 June 2009 - BirdLife South Africa, the main local implementing agency of the WOW Demonstration Site in the area,is using crane decoys to attract wintering Grey Crowned Cranes to the well-known Wakkerstroom wetland, bringing together conservation, community-development and tourism.




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