Abstract:

Towards Improving Implementation of the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement in Southern Africa

Melissa Lewis¹, Andrew Blackmore²

¹School of Law, University of KwaZulu-Natal, King George V Ave, Durban 4001
²Scientific Services, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, PO Box 13053, Cascades 3202

The African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) is a treaty that was developed under the Convention on Migratory Species with the objective of maintaining migratory waterbirds in a favourable conservation status, or restoring them to such a status, throughout flyways spanning 119 range states across Africa and Eurasia. South Africa became a Party to the Agreement in 2000, thereby incurring a variety of international obligations concerning the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats.
Although the African continent makes up a significant portion of the AEWA range, implementation of the Agreement has proved to be problematic. In 2008, this resulted in the adoption of an African Initiative aimed at coordinating and improving implementation in Africa.
Focusing particularly on South and southern Africa, this presentation will provide an overview of the difficulties that have been encountered in AEWA-implementation and mechanisms developed at the international level that might be used to improve implementation within this region. This will include discussion of the AEWA Small Grants Fund (which has thus far only been used to fund projects in Africa), the Implementation Review Process (under which groups of international experts may conduct on-site assessments and provide recommendations on how to prevent or mitigate threats to migratory waterbirds and/or their habitats), and the newly-adopted Plan of Action for Africa. This plan envisages numerous research projects and other activities aimed at improving AEWA’s implementation.

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Towards Improving Implementation of the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement in Southern Africa

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