Climate-resilient site network in the African-Eurasian flyway
As of: August 2020
Objective and activities
The project aims to guide the development of a coherent and climate resili-ent network of protected or otherwise managed areas that are internationally important for the conservation of migratory waterbirds in the African-Eurasian flyway and thus contributes to the implementation of the relevant resolutions of the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement. The project will assess the vulnerability of Critical Sites to climate change. It will also promote policy integration at the national level and the implementation of multi-purpose, community-based wetland restoration projects to increase the resilience of both waterbird populations and local communities. The experience gained through the project will be shared with relevant policy frameworks and contracting parties to AEWA, the Ramsar Convention and CBD to inform policy development and practical implementation of existing resolutions.
State of implementation/results
- An updated Critical Site Network (CSN) Tool was launched in December 2018 at the 14th meeting of the African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement Parties in Durban (South Africa). The CSN Tool is a web-portal critical-sites.wetlands.org/… that presents information about wetland sites of critical importance for waterbirds and the impact of climate change on the water availability in these wetlands across Africa, Europe and West Asia. This will be of interest to a wide range of users including national governments, international and local humanitarian and conservation groups as well as the business community.
- A landscape approach to disaster risk reduction has been developed by Wetlands International together with CARE-NL. It includes the Climate Resilient Flyways (CRF) work in the Ziway-Shalla sub-basin, Ethiopia, as a case study. This approach shows how to integrate different sectors and interests, allowing wetland landscape climate change adaptation that is beneficial for biodiversity to play a more central role. The approach in this publication is built upon the experiences of the CRF project and will form a base for further guidelines development.
- In Mali, a new law regulating the management of fauna and their habitat has been adopted by parliament which recognizes wetlands and corridors for migration as national wildlife domains (article 9) and provides for protection of regional and locally important wildlife refuges (article 10); providing greater support to sustainable management of the Inner Niger Delta and other wetlands.
- Global events such as World Migratory Bird Day and the International Day of Biodiversity are providing useful platforms to promote greater awareness and support for conservation of wetlands and their biodiversity.
- The project is being implemented in Africa at a time where work on the ground is being hampered by security challenges in Mali and Ethiopia.