World Migratory Bird Day 2020 & AEWA 25th Anniversary Statement
12 October 2020

The CIC would like to join in celebrating World Migratory Bird Day 2020 – the theme for this year’s celebration was “Birds Connect Our World.”

To commemorate the occasion, President of the CIC, George Aman, spoke on the importance of migratory bird conservation in a recent statement published on the WMBD website.

We all have a shared responsibility to look after migratory birds, as they rely on us to conserve their breeding areas, stop-over sites and wintering grounds all along the flyway. Hunters also share this responsibility; if we fail to do our job in one area, this will result in consequences for the rest of the world. This is why the work we do in restoring wetlands, and providing resting stops and feeding areas, is critical for the future health of migratory bird populations.”

AEWA, or the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds, first launched World Migratory Bird Day to raise awareness on the importance of conserving migratory waterbird species, their related habitats, and the international cooperation needed to reach conservation objectives.

AEWA recognises the important role that hunters play in maintaining sites that are critical to waterbird conservation. The CIC has been supporting their work, including World Migratory Bird Day, in order to help safeguard bird populations around the world.

As another sign of our great cooperation, we would also welcome you to view the CIC’s recent video message addressed to AEWA, which was created to congratulate them on their recent 25th anniversary.

The video includes the President of the CIC (George Aman), Head of the CIC’s Migratory Bird Management Specialist Group (Iben Hove Sørensen) and Representative of the CIC on the AEWA Technical Committee (Mikko Alhainen) speaking on the achievements of AEWA over the past quarter century, from the perspective of the sustainable use community.

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