African-Eurasian Migratory Landbirds Action Plan (AEMLAP)


Aim: A co-ordinated flyway-scale approach to the conservation and protection of African-Eurasian migratory landbirds through facilitating the development, adoption of the Action Plan at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 11) of Convention of Migratory Species (CMS), and its implementation across the flyway region.

Implementers: The African-Eurasian Migrant Landbird Working Group (AEML-WG) comprising of more than 30 countries, as called for by CMS Resolution 10.27 on improving the conservation status of migratory landbirds in the African-Eurasian region.  A Steering Group (AEML-SG) provides technical guidance and the day-to-day coordination is provided by the BirdLife Africa Partnership Secretariat office in Accra, Ghana.

Scope: AEMLAP has a geographic scope that covers the migration systems of African-Eurasian landbird species, which includes Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, Afghanistan and the Indian sub-continent (128 range states). The Action Plan is classified into thematic areas of key conservation concern for these landbird species, namely:

  • Habitat conservation; including the development and implementation of land-use changes, integrated management and site action.
  • Taking and trade; including regulating and restricting legal and illegal taking, respectively, as well as mitigating human-wildlife conflict and poisoning.  Addressing other threats including diseases and collisions.
  • Research and monitoring; including understanding migration patterns as well as monitoring population trends.
  • Education and information; including capacity development, particularly in the area of research, and improving public awareness.

Other than the Action Plan itself, proposed products of the AEMLAP process are the Migratory Landbirds Study Group (MLSG; network of researchers studying migratory landbirds and providing accurate information to support conservation action) and the Friends of the Landbirds Action Plan (FLAP; public information forum serving as a clearinghouse for migratory landbird information and the implementation of the AEMLAP with the aim of stimulating public interest about migratory landbirds and the threats they are facing).

Financial support: Sveriges Ornitologiska Förening (SOF; BirdLife in Sweden)Schweizer Vogelschutz (SVS; BirdLife in Switzerland) and the A.P. Leventis Foundation.

Key achievements to date:

  • African-Eurasian Migratory Landbirds Action Plan development workshop in Accra, Ghana
  • Roundtable discussion at the XIII Pan-African Ornithological Congress (PAOC) in Arusha, Tanzania.
  • Draft Action Plan submitted for CMS internal review.

This Action Plan will support the existing African-Eurasian Waterbirds Agreement (AEWA) and the African-Eurasian Raptor Memorandum of Understanding (Raptor MoU).

The Migratory Landbirds Study Group Inaugural Meeting:

The Migratory Landbirds Study Group (MLSG) is a new initiative with links to the African-Eurasian Migratory Landbirds Action Plan (AEMLAP). Click here to read more.

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