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AEWA MOP6

Informal MBP West Africa meet

Informal MBP West Africa meet

The African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) held its sixth Meeting of the Parties (MOP6) in Bonn, Germany, from the 9th to the 14th November, bringing together contracting parties to the treaty, as well as other NGOs and observers.  The Migratory Birds for People network (MBP, the East Atlantic version of WLI) was represented by Chris Rostron, Abdoulaye Ndiaye and Florian Keel, to link to AEWA’s communications strategy, and used the opportunity to show our short film, prepared by Katja Fedrowitz (Sweden) with help from MBP partners providing great pictures.  The film can be used at any wetland centre, and can be adapted to different languages, and can even include specific pictures from local wetlands.  Contact Chris for more details.

Chris Rostron introduces the MBP film

Chris Rostron introduces the MBP film

We also took the chance to meet with colleagues from West Africa, to strengthen links with their centres and activities.  We held a workshop and met during non-plenary time to agree some actions for the network, including: the need to formalise the network of three key wetland centres in Djoudj (Senegal), Chami (Mauritania) and Diawling (Mauritania/Senegal); creating regular communications with BirdLife representative in the region and Wetlands International, and AEWA’s Africa regional officer; and opportunities to meet either as part of next year’s Pan African Ornithological Congress, or as a separate MBP meeting.  We hope that this will improve connections between the wetland centres and the MBP network more broadly, creating more active engagement with our partners at wetland centres in West Africa.

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