The conservation of migratory birds along the East Atlantic Flyway was the topic of discussion during two meetings hosted by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety in Bonn, Germany.
The 8th meeting of the Steering Group of the Wadden Sea Flyway Initiative (WSFI) reviewed the status and achievements of the WSFI and prospects for its future work up to 2017. In a subsequent meeting, the WSFI Steering Group and representatives of the UNEP-administered Secretariats of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (UNEP/AEWA) and the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) exchanged updates on the WSFI and current and projected activities related to CMS and the African-Eurasian flyway of mutual interest, including the AEWA African Initiative for the Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and their Habitats.
In China, a workshop on seabird bycatch mitigation was held, supported by the Food and Agriculture of the UN (FAO)'s Common Oceans Tuna Project, the seabird bycatch component implemented by BirdLife International, through BirdLife South Africa and the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels. The workshop provided observers, managers and industry representatives with a broad cross-section of information relating to seabird bycatch.