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AEWA MOP-4 Adopts Resolution on Climate Change and Migratory Waterbirds, Conservation Guidelines

L-R: Bert Lenten, AEWA Executive Secretary; MOP-4 Chair Tovondriaka Rakotobe, Madagascar; Vice-Chair Abdoulaye N'Diaye, Senegal; Vice-Chair Olivier Biber, Switzerland; and Tim Jones, report writer 20 September 2008: The fourth Meeting of the Parties (MOP)

to the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) took place from 15-19

September 2008, in Antananarivo, Madagascar. With regard to climate change, the

meeting adopted a resolution on climate change and migratory waterbirds, as

well as conservation guidelines on measures needed to help waterbirds adapt to

climate change.

In the resolution on climate change and migratory waterbirds,

the MOP calls upon contracting parties to develop and strengthen climate

change-related research, monitoring and conservation action for waterbirds, and

to focus future research on possible means of adaptation. The resolution

instructs the Secretariat to assist in gathering and disseminating knowledge

and expertise on climate-related waterbird research, and requests the AEWA

Technical Committee to identify further research priorities that will inform

future adaptation measures and to assess whether the existing international

networks of sites are sufficient for the protection of migratory waterbirds.

The resolution further urges contracting parties to: designate and establish

comprehensive and coherent networks of adequately managed protected and other

sites; maintain the ecological character of sites important for waterbird

populations under climate change conditions through appropriate management

measures; and provide wider habitat protection with dispersed breeding ranges,

migration routes or winter ranges where the site conservation approach would

have little effect, especially under climate change.

The conservation guideline

on measures needed to help waterbirds adapt to climate change includes concrete

measures under the following steps, namely: identifying parties to be involved

in implementing species-based, site-based, regional, national and international

measures to help birds adapt to climate change; identifying species and

populations most at risk from climate change and identifying priority measures;

preparing priority lists of key sites most at risk from climate change and

identifying priority adaptation measures; preparing priority lists of key

regional, national and international measures for helping birds adapt to

climate change; and implementing climate change adaptation management measures.

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