Waterbird Monitoring Partnership

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The African-Eurasian Waterbird Monitoring Partnership is a coalition of 80+ organisations involved in waterbird monitoring and management. The Partnership supports the development of national monitoring systems and improvement of monitoring information available for internationally important population size and trend estimates. The data gathered by the Partnership is made accessible through various information services such as the AEWA Conservation Status Reports, the Waterbird Population Estimates and the Critical Site network Tool.

The partnership consists of:

  • National agencies responsible for the management of waterbird populations;
  • Over 80 organisations that coordinate the International Waterbird Census nationally;
  • Representatives of the Wetlands International/IUCN SSC Specialist Groups;
  • Representatives of Members of Wetlands International;
  • Organisations that coordinate complementary monitoring schemes or capacity building programmes.


The Strategic Working Group that steers the Partnership consists of:

Janine van Vessem (Member Delegate for Belgium), Wetlands International Members Representative and Chairman.

Laura Dami (Tour du Valat), Mediterranean Waterbird Monitoring Programme

Teresa Frost representative of the British Trust for Ornithology-BTO

Cy Griffin, representatives of the Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the EU – FACE

Pierre Defos du Rau representative of the Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage – ONCFS

Ally Nkwabi (Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWRI)), Eastern & Southern African National Coordinator Representative

Firmin Kouame (Ministère des Eaux et Forêts) Western & Central African National Coordinator Representative

Olivia Crowe representative of BirdLife International

Zuzana Musilová (Czech University of Life Sciences), Western Palearctic National Coordinator Representative

Sergey Dereliev representative of the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement – AEWA

Marc van Roomen (SOVON Vogelonderzoek Nederland), special counts of intertidal mudflats in Africa & Middle East, Wadden Sea Flyway Initative.

Jean-Yves Paquet (La Centrale Ornithologique Aves), representative of the European Bird Census Council – EBCC

Stefan Ferger (Euronatur), Adriatic Flyway programme

Gitte Høj Jensen (Aarhus University) Goose Management Platform

Olivier Biber (Nos Oiseaux)

Nele Markones (DDA) Joint OSPAR/HELCOM/ICES Working Group on Seabirds

Currently the following institutions provide dedicated financial support to the coordination of the African-Eurasian Waterbird Census:

Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (Switzerland)

EU Life NGO Grant

We also depend upon the support and cooperation of our national coordinators and their organisations. For more information on the national coordinators of the African-Eurasian region, please visit the National Coordinators page.


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