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AEWA Grant to Support WMBD 2016 Celebrations in Africa

The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)  campaign is recognized and promoted as an effective means for increasing understanding of and raising awareness on the need for conserving migratory birds, including in the African region. The AEWA Plan of Action for Africa therefore promotes the annual celebration of WMBD in each AEWA African Contracting Party through the provision of seed-funding to support the organization of national events, as well through the organization of a major sub-regional WMBD event each year.

Thanks to a voluntary contribution from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) provided through the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat, a number of African Contracting Parties will be able to receive support for the organization of some national and transboundary events for the 2016 WMBD celebration. The BirdLife Africa Partnership Secretariat will once more coordinate and manage the activities to be supported and the administration of the grant.

Both national governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations involved in the conservation of waterbirds and their habitats in the following AEWA Contracting Parties in Africa are eligible to apply for this grant: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

The 2016 WMBD celebrations are scheduled to take place on 10 May 2016 under the global theme: .... and when the skies fall silent? Stop the illegal killing, taking and trade!

Interested eligible applicants are hereby called upon to submit their funding requests as soon as possible and by latest 5 May 2016, to Mr Alex Ngari and Ms Caroline Njoki of the BirdLife Africa Partnership Secretariat. Funding requests must be submitted using the Event Proposal Sheet  for the 2016 AEWA WMBD grant and applicants are advised to consult the guidelines for the application of the AEWA 2016 WMBD grant prior to preparing these requests.

Each eligible organization can apply for a maximum of EUR 500 as support for their events which should be clearly linked to the 2016 WMBD theme. Only one activity can be approved for support in each eligible AEWA African Contracting Party.

All events supported under this grant must be registered on the WMBD website

Let's work together to end the illegal killing, taking and trade of migratory birds!