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Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) Project

The WOW Project in brief...

Geographical Scope: The project area includes all 119 range states of the African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement, covering all of Africa, all of Europe, south-west Asia (including the Middle East and Central Asian states), Greenland and the Canadian Archipelago. Wings Over Wetlands supports demonstration projects in: Estonia, Lithuania, Hungary, Turkey, Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia, Niger, South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania and Yemen.

Focal Areas: Threats to migratory waterbirds can only be mitigated through improved international cooperation across the entire flyway. WOW will promote increased communication along the flyway, training and capacity building and will create a new web portal as a crucial source of information on migration routes and key wetland habitats. Increased knowledge gained from the project will also help tackle critical issues such as avian influenza and adaptation to climate change.

A Team Effort: Wings Over Wetlands is a joint effort between UNEP-GEF, the United Nations Office for Project Services, Wetlands International and BirdLife International, and operates in close coordination with the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, UNEP-WCMC and a wide range of local partners along the African-Eurasian flyways. The WOW Project Coordination Unit is based at the headquarters of Wetlands International in Wageningen, The Netherlands. The goal of the project is to protect migratory waterbirds, their migration routes and the key areas needed to complete their incredible journeys. Wings Over Wetlands took its first steps in 2006 and is expected to run until 2010.

Photo: Sergey Dereliev (UNEP/AEWA)
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