Gorssel, The Netherlands, in December 2010 - Reminding you all - but now for the last time! - more than a decade has passed since the first Meeting of the Parties (MOP) of AEWA in Cape Town, South Africa. It was there that the Dutch Government, the AEWA Interim Secretariat and Wetlands International (WI) held preliminary discussions on a possible GEF project to support AEWA activities. That meeting gave rise to the now widely known Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) project. Since its inception in 2006 the WOW project has been making remarkable progress in changing the conservation landscape for migratory waterbirds, throughout the African-Eurasian region.
Ede, 7 January 2011 - The further development of one of the WOW Project’s main products - the ‘Critical Site Network (CSN)’ Tool – has not stopped after the launch of a consultation version of the tool at the 15th Anniversary Symposium of AEWA in June 2010. In December 2010, a new version was released which has not only corrected some bugs, but also sports some exciting new features.
by Camillo Ponziani, WOW Project Coordination Unit
Lakes are safe havens for wild animals and Lake Burdur in Turkey is no exception. Being on a key migration route of birds, Lake Burdur is a special place, particularly for waterbirds. More than 100,000 waterbirds rest around the lake, which does not freeze during winter due to its salty alkaline water. The most famous winter visitor is the White-headed duck. As a worldwide endangered species, half of the White-headed ducks spend the winter here. They cross thousands of kilometers to come here and are the symbol of Burdur. But this rare species’ days at Lake Burdur could be numbered.
Bonn, 13 December 2010 – A sub-regional Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop on “The flyway approach to the conservation and wise use of waterbirds and wetlands” took place in Astana and Korgalzhin Nature Reserve, Kazakhstan from 25-30 October 2010.
Bonn / Cambridge, 8 December 2010 - The Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) Project is being featured in the December 2010 edition of World Birdwatch Magazine. This is the second time the WOW Project has been featured in World Birdwatch - BirdLife's world renowned international magazine about birds.
Wakkerstroom, 11 November 2010 - The WOW Demonstration Project Team in Wakkerstroom, South Africa have reported that 3600ha of privately-owned farmland extending from Wakkerstroom to Luneburg was declared a Protected Environment on 13 September 2010. The declaration of the KwaMandlangampisi area as a Protected Environment places it under formal protection effectively one step under a National or Provincial Nature Reserve.
Bonn, 26 October 2010 - The WOW Flyway Training Kit (FTK), a one-of-a-kind resource in flyway-scale conservation, is making quite an impact on some academic institutions in Africa and Eurasia. Originally intended to build professional capacity to plan, implement, monitor and engage in effective flyway-scale conservation of migratory waterbirds and wetland habitats, the modules are being used by some academic institutions as part of their own training programmes.
Nagoya, Japan 21 October 2010 - The rate of decline of waterbird populations has slightly decreased over the last three decades. However, 47% of the waterbird populations are still declining and only 16% are increasing. The status of waterbirds is improving mainly in North America and Europe, while it is least favourable in Asia. Especially long distance migrants appear to be vulnerable. [ Read the full WI press release ]
Bonn, 2 September 2010 - A new documentary film entitled "Bird Migration on the Bihar Plain" has been produced by the WOW demonstration project team in Hungary. The film documents the importance of the Bihar Plains as a breeding, wintering and stop-over area for hundreds of thousands of migratory waterbirds, highlighting the role played by the fishponds found in the area as a source of food and as an important place for the birds to rest during their often long and arduous journeys.
Bonn, 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).