Enhancing Conservation of the Critical Network of Sites of Wetlands Required by Migratory Waterbirds on the African/Eurasian Flyways.


                

Project Summary

The WOW project is funded by The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) and a wide range of other donors.The project's goal is to strengthen capacity to plan and manage the conservation of migratory waterbirds and the critical sites along their flyways.Showcase projects under way in twelve countries (Estonia, Gambia, Hungary, Lithuania, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Turkey and Yemen) are providing lessons learned and leading practices.

Project Objectives

The project's goal is to strengthen capacity to plan and manage the conservation of migratory waterbirds and the critical sites along their flyways. Activities will be undertaken in four main areas:

  • improved access to information resources, essential for flyway management, on species and sites at a flyway-scale;
  • establishment of programmes to enhance technical and decision-making capacity;
  • enhancement of communications between flyway stakeholders; and
  • catalysis of site-based initiatives by demonstrating best-practice management techniques.

Key outputs will be a Critical Site Network tool to assist the management of critically important wetlands; four sub-regionally focused training and awareness raising programmes; eleven demonstrations of site-based best-practice management of wetlands; and an exchange programme for flyway practitioners.


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