Introduction to the TC

The Technical Committee is a subsidiary body to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds, which was established in accordance with Article VII of the Agreement.

The Technical Committee has the following general functions:
  • Provides scientific and technical advice and information to the Meeting of the Parties and, through the Agreement Secretariat, to Parties;
  • Makes recommendations to the Meeting of the Parties concerning the Action Plan, implementation of the Agreement and further research to be carried out;
  • Prepares for each ordinary session of the Meeting of the Parties a report on its activities, which shall be submitted to the Agreement Secretariat not less than one hundred and twenty days before the session of the Meeting of the Parties, and copies shall be circulated forthwith by the Agreement Secretariat to the Parties; and
  • Carries out any other tasks referred to it by the Meeting of the Parties. The Technical Committee works closely with the Standing Committee to ensure consistency across the Agreement’s work. The Technical Committee operations are governed by Modus operandi adopted by the Meeting of the Parties.
 
The Technical Committee membership comprises:
 
(a) nine experts representing the different regions of the Agreement Area (Northern & Southwestern Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Southwestern Asia, Northern Africa, Central Africa, Western Africa, Eastern Africa and Southern Africa) elected among all the Parties on the recommendation of the Parties of the region in question;
 
(b) one representative appointed by each of the following organisations: the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Wetlands International, the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC); and
 
(c) one thematic expert from each of the following fields: rural economics, game management, and environmental law; elected by the Parties.
 
In addition, as requested by the Meeting of the Parties, an expert on Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) is designated by the Chairperson of the Technical Committee.
 
Observers of non-contracting Parties and the Chairperson of the AEWA Standing Committee may be invited to the meetings of the Technical Committee. A maximum of four observers from specialised international inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations can be admitted too and in addition guests may be invited to contribute to specific topics.
 
The current composition of the Technical Committee for 2023-2025 is presented below:
 
REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES
North and Southwestern Europe – Ms. Maria Dias (Portugal)
Northern Africa – Mr. Hichem Azafzaf (Tunisia)
Central Europe – Mr. Taulant Bino (Albania), Vice-Chair
Eastern Europe – Mr. Zurab Javakhishvili (Georgia)
Southwestern Asia – Mr. Mohammed Shobrak (Saudi Arabia)
Western Africa – Ms. Khady Gueye Fall (Senegal)
Eastern Africa – Mr. Peter Njoroge (Kenya)
Southern Africa – Ms. Melissa Lewis (South Africa)
Central Africa – Mr. Yves Davy Omon Souangbi (Central African Republic)
 
REPRESENTATIVES OF ORGANISATIONS
IUCN - Mr. Richard Hearn
Wetlands International – Mr. Szabolcs Nagy
CIC – Ms. Alexandra Kalandarishvili
 
THEMATIC EXPERTS
Rural Economics – Mr. Nils Bunnefeld (Germany/UK)
Environmental Law – Mr. Emmanuel Kasimbazi (Uganda)
Game Management – Mr. Jesper Madsen (Denmark)
CEPA - Mr. Christopher Rostron (UK)
 
OBSERVERS OF ORGANISATIONS
BirdLife International – Ms. Nicola Crockford
FACE – Mr. Cy Griffin
OMPO – Mr. Alexandre Czajkowski
WWT – Mr. Richard Hearn
 
INVITED EXPERTS
Mr. David Stroud – invited expert on various topics
 
OTHER CONTRIBUTORS
WCMC – Ms. Kelly Malsch