African-Eurasian Flyway


Priority conservation issues and actions

Secure intertidal non-breeding habitat of Arctic waders in Bijagós Archipelago, Guinea-Bissau.

    1. Share experience on World Heritage nomination
    2. Strengthen international recognition of the site
    3. Coordination of the implementation of the Bijagós component of the AMBI workplan 

Support measures under the AEWA Lesser White-fronted Goose (LWFG) International Working Group (IWG) to prevent illegal killing of Lesser White-fronted Geese. 

    1. Reduce Lesser White-fronted Goose mortality rates caused by illegal harvest
    2. Strengthen conservation efforts for the Eastern main population, by promoting the establishment of an agreed flyway framework as well as a National Working Group in China and increasing cooperation with the AEWA Lesser White-fronted Group International Working Group (LWFG IWG)
    3. Showcase the Lesser White-fronted Goose as a flagship species in relation to the ongoing international conservation efforts under AEWA for this Arctic migratory breeder at the next Artic Biodiversity Congress in October 2018, highlighting, in particular, the work regarding illegal killing

Increase quality and quantity of population assessment data of Arctic breeding waders in the African-Eurasian Flyway. 

    1. Improve breeding population estimates for Arctic waders (in High Arctic Eastern Canada, Greenland, Iceland and Russia) in cooperation with the International Wader Study Group
    2. Further strengthen monitoring of Arctic breeding migratory waders at staging and wintering sites by collaborating with the African-Eurasian Waterbird Monitoring Partnership and its Waterbird Fund, using, where applicable, the Integrated Flyway Monitoring Strategy developed under the framework of the Wadden Sea Flyway Initiative in the East Atlantic Flyway
    3. Facilitate the inclusion of Arctic waders in the coastal monitoring plan of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme (CBMP) currently in development under CAFF, using existing data sources as appropriate
    4. Explore options for using existing platforms to provide for a common database/website for the presentation of Arctic wader tracking data and the promotion of tracking studies

Improve management of wader sites throughout the African-Eurasian flyway

  1. Maintain and improve inventory of nationally and internationally important sites for Arctic breeding waders in each Range State along the flyway and make this information available through the CSN Tool 2.0 and the AEWA Site Network Review, in collaboration with the International Wader Study Group, the BirdLife IBA network using existing protocols
  2. Develop and implement or strengthen implementation of site management plans for priority wader sites along the flyway. 

Priority species for the 2015-2019 work plan

Black tailed Godwit: Bart van Dorp/Flickr Creative Commons 2.0
Black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa)
Bar-tailed godwit: USFWS/Flickr Creative Commons 2.0
Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica spp. taymyrensis)
Lesser white-fronted goose: Morten Ekker
Lesser white-fronted goose (Anser erythropus)
Dunlin: shellgame/Flickr Creative Commons 2.0
Dunlin (Calidris alpina spp. arctica and schinzii)
Red knot: Morten Ekker
Red knot (Calidris canutus spp. canutus and islanica)



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