Rapport de la Deuxième session de la Réunion des Parties








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WELCOMING STATEMENT


by

BirdLife International

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BirdLife International welcomes all delegates to this significant meeting of the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement. At the first MOP three years ago, the necessary institutional structures and conservation agendas were formally put in place to give the Agreement fully-fledged life. This meeting is the key opportunity to do two things: to fine-tune these frameworks in the light of operating experience; and to look for visible delivery of action – to see the Agreement making a real difference.
It is a time to look outward as well as inward, to make AEWA’s activities as policy-relevant as they should be. All multilateral environmental agreements are under a spotlight now to prove themselves, in the “post-Johannesburg Summit” political climate of the 21st Century. In this, AEWA’s focused waterbird conservation goals are strength.
We urge Parties at this MOP to approve an adequate budget for the crucial work the Agreement must do. We look for improvements in the system of international priority-setting and project registers, to give a coherent and responsive method of catalysing and funding worthwhile work on the ground.
We urge Parties to support the specific proposals in front of this meeting for addition of bird species to Annex II, adoption of species action plans and the format for future action plans prepared by BirdLife, continued efforts to phase out lead shot, cooperation with the Ramsar Convention, and intersessional Technical and Standing Committee arrangements.
BirdLife is a central partner in the work of AEWA, providing expert advice and data resource services at international level, but also involvement in on-the-ground implementation by Contracting Parties and others at national and local level. This benefits from our network of member organisations, volunteers and civil society throughout the Agreement area.
We look forward to working with you this week, and in the coming triennium, to making a visible difference to the fortunes of migratory waterbirds.
African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement

2nd Meeting of the Parties
25-27 September 2002 - Bonn, Germany
Opening Statement by FACE
Founded in 1977, FACE is a non-profit-making, non-governmental, international association with its Headquarters in Brussels (Belgium). Through its 29 members, the national hunters' associations of the Member States of the E.U. and other Council of Europe countries, FACE represents the interests of some 7 million European hunters. It promotes hunting and wildlife management, in accordance with the principle of sustainable use, as a tool for conservation and rural development.
FACE considers the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) as a pragmatic and workable international legal instrument for the conservation, management and sustainable use of migratory waterbirds and their habitats. Waterbirds are indeed an important renewable natural resource, whose conservation requires international co-ordination and co-operation, but also the involvement of local stakeholders, such as landowners, farmers, hunters, and wildlife managers.
FACE and its members have therefore supported and endorsed AEWA from its very beginning, namely already before the 1995 Negotiation Meeting in The Hague, Netherlands. FACE further tries to play an active role in the implementation of AEWA, inter alia through its participation at the Meetings of the Parties and the meetings of its Technical Committee and ad hoc Working Groups or initiatives.
FACE has so organised for AEWA a technical workshop in Romania (October 2001) to raise awareness among hunting representatives and officials of Central and Eastern Europe for the phasing out of lead shot cartridges for hunting in wetlands. Its expertise and experience are available for other events of that nature. FACE participates in the drafting of an international Action Plan for the Dark-bellied Brent Goose Branta bernicla bernicla and contributes to the drafting and implementation of appropriate Conservation Guidelines.
Through its European Habitat Conservation Stamp Programme - a joint venture with Wetlands International and Ducks Unlimited Inc. – FACE has contributed financially to wetland conservation and management projects in East- and Central Europe, and in North Africa.
FACE and its member-associations undertake, support or initiate a considerable number of research, conservation and education projects (e.g. for the protection of Slender-billed curlew Numenius tenuirostris), all highly relevant to the effective implementation of AEWA.
FACE intends to continue playing a constructive role in the promotion and implementation of AEWA. It offers its network of contacts, technical expertise and political support to the AEWA Secretariat and contracting parties.

S
ECOND SESSION OF THE MEETING OF THE PARTIES TO THE AGREEMENT ON THE

CONSERVATION OF AFRICAN-EURASIAN MIGRATORY WATERBIRDS (AEWA)

GERMANY, 25-27 SEPTEMBER 2002
Opening Statement made by Robert Hepworth, Deputy Director, Divisions of Environmental Conventions and Policy Implementation, United Nations Environmental Programme.
On behalf of the Executive Director of UNEP
Through me, the Executive Director sends his very best wishes to all the Parties, NGOs and other bodies as you begin this second meeting of Parties to the African-Eurasian Water Bird Agreement. He would have liked to be here, in his native land, but is taking an overdue holiday with his family after the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. However, he takes a special interest in the Convention on Migratory Species and all the ‘Article IV’ Agreements such as AEWA and I shall be giving him a special report on the outcome of the two conferences next week.
There are two points, which the Executive Director has asked me to make this morning, which will be brief, as we have already held a joint opening ceremony.
The first is to commend AEWA as a living example of collaboration between international environmental agreements. When we are pursuing an agenda to promote synergies and interlinkages between UN bodies and conventions, it is always encouraging to have real examples of the process: in this case 4 secretariats – for CMS, AEWA, ASCOBANS and EUROBATS – co-located in the offices which have so generously been provided by the Government of Germany. I believe we can do more to strengthen these arrangements and make them even more beneficial for Parties and hence for conservation. Nevertheless we should acknowledge the success, and indeed the pioneering role, which these four agreements have taken in sharing not only offices but administrative and technical support. The second point is to say to all delegates that they have a special duty as part of these two back-to-back Conferences by CMS and AEWA, because it is the first major intergovernmental meeting in the environmental field since the decisions taken at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, less than a month ago. The WSSD Plan of Implementation gives major emphasis to biodiversity, indeed more so then many people had expected only a few months ago, perhaps partly as a result of the UN Secretary General’s “WEHAB” initiative. This provides a major challenge – and opportunity – for the biodiversity-related conventions, including both CMS and AEWA.
There is an overall target set by WSSD – to achieve a significant reduction in the current rate of loss of biological biodiversity by 2010. Moreover here are several more specific targets and proposed actions from the Summit, which are relevant to CMS and AEWA. I would particularly draw your attention to paragraphs 42 (f) and (g). These require international support for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity including ecosystems and for the protection of endangered species, in particular through channelling financial resources and technology to developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The WSSD Plan of Implementation goes on to require action at all levels “to effectively conserve and sustainably use biodiversity, promote and support initiatives for hot spot areas and other areas essential for biodiversity, and promote the development of national and regional ecological networks and corridors.” Thus you see that it will repay us all to become aware of the detailed requirements of the Plan for biodiversity and its links to the alleviation of poverty, because this will be a clear beacon and guide for our work in the various conventions over the next decade.
The Executive Secretary of CMS has already described to you the excellent start made by the CMS Conference this week in meeting some of the specific challenges for migratory species as a whole. I give you the best wishes of the Executive Secretary in now turning your attention to the challenges for migratory water birds in three continents.
Thank you
25 September 2002

a/ Tableau 1, « Status des populations des oiseaux migrateurs » fait partie du Plan d'action contenu en annexe 3 de l'accord.


1 L’année civile du 1er janvier au 31 décembre est celle de l’exercice comptable et budgétaire, mais la date officielle de clôture des comptes est le 31 mars de l’année suivante. Par conséquent, les comptes de l’année précédente doivent être clôturés le 31 mars : le Directeur exécutif peut dès lors présenter les comptes de l’année civile précédente.



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