The fourth Meeting of the Parties (MOP-4) to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds
15-19 September 2008, in Antananarivo, Madagascar
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Highlights for Tuesday, 16 September 2008
Discussions continued today in plenary. Delegates addressed: the establishment of an International Review Panel; reports of the Technical and Standing Committees, the Depositary and the Secretariat; and the International Implementation Priorities 2006-2008.
They also discussed: the Wings over Wetlands project; the Communication Strategy; World Migratory Birds Day; the Draft Strategic Plan and enhanced national report format for online reporting; and financial and administrative matters.
In the early evening, working groups were established on technical matters and on financial and administrative matters. These working groups, however, met in a joint session throughout the evening, discussing: the Draft Strategic Plan and enhanced national report format for online reporting; phasing out lead shot for hunting in wetlands; and hunting and trade legislation.
|From left to right: Sergey Dereliev, AEWA Secretariat; Bert Lenten, AEWA Executive Secretary; Vice-Chair Abdoulaye N'Diaye, Senegal; Vice-Chair Olivier Biber, Switzerland; Tim Jones, report writer.|
|Guy-Noël Olivier, OMPO, stressed the need to look for all potential means of funding, including from private sources.||Jérôme Mokoko Dit Ikonga, Republic of Congo, identified language barriers and resulting participation challenges for francophone range states.||John O'Sullivan, BirdLife International, called for increased funding for meetings, given the challenges of corresponding via email.|
|Morning discussions took place in plenary, before two working groups were established to discuss technical matters and financial and administrative matters, respectively.|
|Bert Lenten, AEWA Executive Secretary, introduced the Secretariat's report, highlighting the Secretariat’s institutional structure and various projects.|
|Jean Gerard Mezui M'Ella, on behalf of the African Union, urged AEWA to collaborate with other institutions.||Ward Hagemeijer, Wetlands International, described the activities of the Wings over Wetlands project, emphasizing its focus on exchanging best practice strategies for flyway and waterbird protection.||M'ella Bourama Nigate, Mali, inquired about support for national implementation.|
|Participants continued their discussions in the corridors.|
|Florian Keil, AEWA Secretariat, presented the report on the implementation of the Communication Strategy.|
|Information displays in the hallway of the conference venue.|
|A Malagasy boy at a coal shop in Antananarivo.||"....come closer, yes, just a little closer...." A huge tortoise looking hungry at the photographer in the Tsimbazaza Zoo of Antananarivo.|
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