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Climate resilient site network in the African -Eurasian flyway

As of: August 2019

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

  • The Critical Site Network Tool was launched 12 April 2018 at the 14th meeting of the AEWA Technical Committee in Bonn.--The CSN Tool is a web-portal that presents information on the wetlands of Africa, Europe and West Asia, the impact of climate change to the water availability in those wetlands, and information about those wetland sites critical for waterbirds.--A landscape approach to disaster risk reduction has been developed by WI together with CARE-NL.--It includes the CRF work in the Ziway-Shalla sub-basin as 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).

Project data

Ethiopia, Mali

Implementing organisation:
Wetlands International (WI) - Netherlands

Partner institution(s):
  • Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority - Ethiopia
  • Ministry of the Environment, Sanitation and Sustainable Development - Mali

BMU grant:
€ 3,189,730

10/2015 till 12/2019