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World Migratory Bird Day and Avian Influenza Workshop

Kenya’s Great Rift Valley will play lead host to the 1st World Migratory Bird Day on 9 April when artists and children from across the globe will celebrate the magic and mystery of planet Earth’s avian nomads.

A Galaxy of stars – from Latin America, Asia, Europe, as well as Africa – will join together for the spectacular performance "WINGS" – an artistic and cultural show reflecting the wonders of bird migration.

The event, generously staged by internationally renowned author Kuki Gallmann and the Great Rift Valley Trust in the Makena Hills of the Laikipia Nature Conservancy, precedes a two day seminar hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in conjunction with the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA).

On 10 and 11 April, environmentalists and leading scientists from around the world will meet to discuss how best to tackle the threatened avian influenza H5N1 pandemic. Particular attention will focus on the role – perceived or real – of migratory birds in spreading the virus, and on what can be done to protect these birds.

The final afternoon session of the seminar will be open to journalists and a press conference is scheduled for 1:30 pm on 11 April at the press centre, UNEP headquarters, Gigiri.



For More Information on both events, please contact Nick Nuttall, UNEP Spokesperson, Office of the Executive Director, on Tel: 254 20 7623084, Mobile: 254 (0) 733 632755, e-mail: nick.nuttall@unep.org

Elisabeth Waechter, UNEP Associate Media Officer, on Tel: 254 20 7623088, Mobile: 254 720 173968, e-mail: elisabeth.waechter@unep.org

Please note that due to the adverse weather conditions, journalists wishing to attend the "WINGS" event are advised to carpool in 4-wheel-drive vehicles. Travel time to the event by road is likely to be around 5 hours. Starting time is 11:00 am.

Alternatively, persons wishing to fly to Laikipia are advised to contact Catherine Coulson on Mobile: 0733 605 446; email: ccoulson@energysource.co.ke

Directions on how to get to the event are also available from Ms Coulson.




Further Resources

World Migratory Bird Day

Scientific Seminar on Avian Influenza, the Environment and Migratory Birds
UNEP Headquarters, Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya, 10-11 April 2006

Remarks by UNEP Officer-in-Charge and Deputy Executive Director
At the closing of the Seminar on Avian Influenza, the Environment and Migratory Birds

Resources on Avian Flu

Avian Flu May Prove Big Threat to Biological Diversity
UNEP Press release March 2006

Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)

African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA)

Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

BirdLife International

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)launching event (Laikipia Nature Conservancy, 9 april 2006)


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