Tombwa community awareness campaign on the negative impact of the commercialization of waterbirds and seabirds

Angola, 2023-2024
Contrary to other areas where declines in population numbers are often linked to habitat degradation, in the municipality of Tômbwa there is intensive hunting of waterbirds and seabirds throughout the year. As this illegal activity could have an irreversible impact on the population, an awareness campaign was conducted among communities, especially fishermen, about the threat of hunting water and sea birds.

Celebration of World Migratory Bird Day with Teachers and Children from the Lobito Community

Lobito, Angola, 2024
World Migratory Bird Days are an excellent opportunity to inform about migratory birds and their local habitat needs, while also raising awareness for the global threats faced by these birds. Within the scope of the recently created wetland centre called CIOMA , ADAMA promoted a series of activities involving schools and children.

Densu Delta Ramsar Wetland Educational Centre - Fesibility study and stakeholder engagement

Ghana, 2023

The Densu Delta Wetland is a vital ecosystem located in the urban settlement of Accra, the capital of Ghana. The wetland is known for its rich biodiversity and is one of five coastal wetlands in Ghana that has been designated as Ramsar sites based on its ability to support significant numbers of waterbirds. This wetland plays a crucial role in maintaining the ecological balance in the region, providing habitat for numerous species, and offering a range of ecosystem services.

Information exchange on management of wetland visitor centres

East Atlantic Flyway, 2023
In 2023, the Wadden Sea Flyway Initiative supported various partners to participate in international exchanges on the effective management of wetland visitor centres and to gather ideas for wetlands and migratory bird education initiatives.

Simultaneous January 2023 waterbird and wetland census along the East Atlantic Flyway: National Reports


In 2023, the fourth simultaneous waterbird count along the East Atlantic Flyway (EAF) engaged over 13,000 observers from 36 countries. The EAF census national reports provide an overview of the countries involved in the counts.

Conservation status of mixed colonies of Ardeids, African Openbill and African Cormorant at Ramsar sites in southern Benin

Benin, 2023

Despite actions to reduce pressures, important habitats for migratory birds are gradually disappearing along the East Atlantic Flyway. Fragmentation of habitats, modification of natural habitats, increasing urbanisation of coastal areas, overexploitation of resources, hunting and pollution are all anthropogenic activities that constitute threats and contribute to the decrease of bird populations.

Celebrating World Migratory Bird Day with Lobito Community

Angola, 2023
To promote a future wetland centre and raise awareness for its potential role in the protection of migratory species in Lobito, several activities were conducted with local stakeholders in celebration of World Migratory Bird Day 2023.

Communication Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) Training Workshop for young people/youth of Yawri Bay communities

Sierra Leone, 2023
To build capacity of young conservationists and to promote the conservation of migratory birds in Sierra Leone, the Sierra Leone Nature Guides Association in collaboration with local partners organized the first communication, education and public awareness (CEPA) training workshop for young people/youth in Sierra Leone in celebration of World Migratory Bird Day 2023.

Management guidelines

Mitigation and data collection strategies for avian influenza in bird colonies in the Wadden Sea

This document has been developed to guide site managers (including wardens and rangers), bird counters, researchers and other people that will get in contact with colonially breeding birds in the Wadden Sea. The guide provides advice on several topics such as management options, research and monitoring needs, and not the least, what safety precautions need to be taken.

Training on waterbird monitoring in Togo

February 2023, Togo

To successfully conduct the 2023 waterbird counts in Togo, the Government of Togo has requested support from the Wadden Sea Flyway Initiative and Wetlands International in organizing a capacity building training workshop for the national waterbird monitoring team in Togo.

Building capacities of local NGOs and early-career biologists in the Central Moroccan Atlantic and Cap Blanc

Morocco, 2023

Morocco is part of several bird migration routes between Europe and tropical Africa, providing key stopover sites for millions of birds. The southern coastline between Dakhla and Lagouira (Cap Blanc) is numerically one of the most important wintering sites for waders along the East Atlantic Flyway, supporting hundred-thousands of waders during the northern winter.

Report reviews success of the 2022 East Atlantic Flyway Youth Forum

 Encouraged by the experience at the first East Atlantic Flyway Youth Forum (EAFYF) held in 2021, the organising team from Youth Engaged in Wetlands, the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, and the Wadden Sea Flyway Initiative organised a fundraising training for EAFYF 2022, building on the outcomes of the first forum. The aim was to increase the youths’ capacity to write successful grant proposals to raise money for their conservation projects. A progress report on the EAFYF 2022 and related activities has now been published.

HPAI outbreak in Sandwich terns in 2022

Online, October 2022

The breeding season of 2022 was characterised by a massive outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) among Sandwich terns (Thalasseus sandvicensis) in the North Sea region. In October 2022, the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat (CWSS) organized an online workshop to discuss the possible drivers of the outbreak, its consequences on Sandwich tern populations and future management options.

WSFI strategic framework 2022-2029

December 2022, Wilhelmshaven
WSFI partners and signatories are called upon to develop collaborative project ideas and work plans for the implementation of activities under this new strategic framework.

Celebration of World Migratory Bird Day in southern Benin

2022, Benin
For World Migratory Bird Day, our partners in Benin organised informative and engaging lectures and a treasure hunt for young people to raise awareness for the concept of bird migration and the threats they face along their journey.