AEWA Technical Committee Sets Path for Work in 2019 - 2021

The 15th Meeting of the AEWA Technical Committee took place from 9 to 11 April at the UN Premises in Bonn, Germany. This was the first meeting of the AEWA Technical Committee since the 7th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA, which was held in Durban, South Africa in December 2018.

In his closing remarks, Jacques Trouvilliez, Executive Secretary of AEWA said: "I would like to thank all participants for their active participation in this important meeting. The Technical Committee represents the core of the AEWA work as it provides the scientific base for the decisions made by AEWA Parties."

The primary focus of the meeting was to review the Technical Committee’s Work Plan for the period 2019-2021 and to identify agreed workflows for the delivery on each of the tasks over the coming three years.

Over the course of the three days, the Technical Committee further refined and made plans for the implementation of 48 individual tasks of the Work Plan assigned to eight working groups. In addition, the Committee took decisions on several important items at the start of the triennium that will allow work to progress on several issues. Among those agreed were the change to population delineation of eight species, a revised concept for the AEWA Conservation Status Report, a procedure for the development, issuance and updating of conservation and management guidance for AEWA populations and an inventory framework of internationally and nationally important sites.

This was one of the best attended meetings of the Committee with over 30 experts and government representatives from across the African-Eurasian.

The next meeting of the AEWA Technical Committee is scheduled to take place in February 2021 and will be the final meeting before the 8th Meeting of the Parties due to take place in Budapest, Hungary in 2021.

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