Middle East

Wings over Wetlands (WOW)


Bird migration is one of the great wonders of the natural world. Yet each year, fewer birds of many species return to their breeding grounds, because the sites they depend on to rest and refuel while on their long journey from their wintering grounds have been damaged or developed. 

The BirdLife Partnership is pleased to be part of the Wings over Wetlands (WOW) project, because WOW will enhance international conservation efforts for migratory waterbirds and their habitats.

To focus on tackling the issues that affect migratory birds the ‘Wings over Wetlands (WOW) Project’, a collaborative project led by Wetlands International in partnership with BirdLife International, among others, has been devised.

The recently completed 3-year initiative Wings over Wetlands (WOW), aimed at enhancing information and coordinating measures to conserve the critical network of sites on which these birds depend.

The WOW Project covers the entire African-Eurasian area as defined in the AEWA Agreement (the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement). This includes all of Africa, all of Europe, south-west Asia (including the Middle East and the Central Asian states). It now forms the largest international wetland and waterbird conservation initiative ever to take place across the African-Eurasia region.

The project has helped foster international collaboration along the entire flyways which aimed to build capacity for monitoring and conservation and demonstrate best practice in the conservation and wise use of wetlands in the twelve countries selected.

Twelve countries included in the project, of which eleven important wetland areas covered, ranging from the famous Biharugra's Fishponds in Hungary to the Wakkerstoom Wetlands in South Africa. An additional nine other critical wetland areas throughout the region directly benefited from the five-year project.

The project pulled together a range of research efforts that created a ‘flyway-level‘ information database that can assist conservation efforts and facilitate appropriate policy responses across the region.

Find out more on http://critical-sites.wetlands.org/en