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New AEWA video on African-Eurasian Flyway showcases Wadden Sea among other crucial sites

Tuesday 16th June, 2020

To coincide with the 25th Anniversary of AEWA, the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat and partners across the African-Eurasian Flyway, among them the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat, are pleased to present “A Call for Cooperation: Saving the Places Migratory Birds Call Home”, a new video production of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Center for Conservation Media.

“Since its inception, AEWA has never been just about protecting migratory waterbirds, but also the habitats they need for their survival. Establishing and sustaining a coherent and comprehensive flyway network of protected areas and other sites for migratory waterbird populations is also a key objective of the AEWA Strategic Plan and this film helps to highlight the importance of such a network of sites for both waterbirds and people”  said Jacques Trouvilliez, Executive Secretary of AEWA.

This film showcases the beauty of a number of critical sites across the African-Eurasian Flyway, identifies how they are connected by the journeys of our migratory waterbirds, and stresses the importance of these sites for both migratory waterbirds and people. One of the crucial sites is the Wadden Sea World Heritage - staging ground for countless birds on their way from the Artic to the wintering grounds in Africa. There is an urgent need to increase the protection of many sites and to work together in the Flyway to ensure migratory waterbirds have reliable, high quality wintering, staging and breeding sites for their survival. The Trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation works with AEWA and other partners along the Flyway to establish and improve cross-border cooperation as well as capacity-building in the framework of the Wadden Sea Flyway Intiative with the aim of thus expanding the protection of the migratory birds by protecting their sites.

With this video partners across the African-Eurasian flyway are therefore calling on all relevant actors to take action to benefit migratory waterbirds and their critical sites. Join the efforts of existing international and regional organizations, national governments, stakeholders, scientists and local communities working towards this common goal.