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Conservation of our migratory birds

African-Eurasian Migratory Landbirds Action Plan (AEMLAP)

Since 2021, the Swiss Ornithological Institute has been coordinating the AEMLAP – African-Eurasian Migratory Landbirds Action Plan. This action plan is an instrument of the UN Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). The overarching goal is to develop a strategic framework for the protection of endangered short- and long-distance migratory species. This can only be achieved through international coordination along the flyways and concrete national implementation projects.

Domain Conservation
Unit Species Recovery
Topic Species Recovery, Habitat Promotion, Birds and Human Beings, Migratory Birds
Habitat farmland, rocky terrain, wetlands, rivers & streams, semi-open farmland, alpine habitats, wasteland, settlements, forest, meadows and pastures
Project start 2021
Project status ongoing
Project management Alain Jacot
Project region Switzerland, Africa, Asia, Europe


Project objectives

The number of migratory and terrestrial birds, especially insectivorous species that breed in Europe and winter in sub-Saharan Africa, is declining at an alarming rate. The conservation of migratory species is complex, as they depend on suitable breeding areas, high-quality stop-over habitats along their migration routes and optimal wintering grounds. To conserve African-Eurasian migratory birds in the long term, coordinated approaches are needed along the migratory routes that cover the entire life-cycle of birds.


International coordination is important for the successful implementation of measures at national level. The AEML Working Group is promoting the implementation of the AEMLAP and forms the centrepiece of a strong network of stakeholders. It facilitates agreements on national and international implementation through the adoption of a programme of work and supports the establishment of regional groups to support priorities.


International bird conservation needs a strong lobby and co-operation between policy makers, international and national NGOs, conservation and research institutions and regional stakeholders. The AEMLAP complements the work of other CMS instruments, such as the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (MoU Raptors) or the Action Plan for the Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and their Habitats in Central Asia (CAF Action Plan).


The work programme 2021-2026 was revised and adopted as part of AEMLAP coordination (

Further information

To promote capacity building and exchange between stakeholders, Elizabeth Yohannes and Prof Hilaire Yaokokoré-Béibro (Ivory Coast) launched the “Fridays For Birds” webinar series ( in 2022, which is aimed at a diverse group of participants and speakers from all over the world. You are welcome to participate!

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Financial support



Betroffene Vogelarten

Alpine Swift
Tree Pipit
Western Bonelli’s Warbler
European Bee-eater
Blue Rock-thrush
European Roller
Tawny Pipit
Blyth’s Reed-warbler
Booted Warbler
Common Whitethroat
Great Reed-warbler
Pallid Swift
Paddyfield Warbler
Common Grasshopper-warbler
Eurasian Crag Martin
Willow Warbler
Garden Warbler
Common Redstart
Icterine Warbler
Spotted Flycatcher
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Semi-collared Flycatcher
Collared Flycatcher
Rufous-tailed Scrub-robin
Iberian Chiffchaff
Isabelline Shrike
Black-headed Bunting
Common Rosefinch
Lesser Whitethroat
Common Cuckoo
Greater Short-toed Lark
Common Swift
Northern House Martin
Black-eared Wheatear
Eurasian Blackcap
Common Nightingale
Red-backed Shrike
Western Orphean Warbler
Melodious Warbler
Ortolan Bunting
Eurasian Golden Oriole
Barn Swallow
Savi’s Warbler
Red-rumped Swallow
Red-throated Pipit
Woodchat Shrike
Western Yellow Wagtail
Sedge Warbler
River Warbler
Lesser Grey Shrike
Aquatic Warbler
Barred Warbler
Thrush Nightingale
Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush
Northern Wheatear
Marsh Warbler
Common Reed-warbler
European Pied Flycatcher
European Turtle-dove
Common Quail
Rustic Bunting
Wood Warbler
Subalpine Warbler
White-throated Robin
Eurasian Wryneck
Common Hoopoe
Meadow Pipit
European Nightjar
Common Chiffchaff
Citrine Wagtail
Little Bunting
Red-breasted Flycatcher
Other resources
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Convention on Migratory Species
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African-Eurasien Migratory Landbirds Action Plan (AEMLAP)
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MoU Aquatic Warbler: The Memorandum of Understanding concerning Conservation Measures for the Aquatic Warbler
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MoU Middle European Great Bustard: The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Conservation and Management of Middle-European Populations of the Great Bustard
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Single species action plan for the conservation of the European Turtle Dove
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Single species action plan for the conservation of the European Roller
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BirdLife’s «Migratory Birds and Flyways» Programme
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Migratory Landbirds Study Group
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Friends of the Landbirds Action Plan (FLAP)
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AEWA: The Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds
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MoU Raptors: The Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia
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CAF-Action Plan: The Central Asian Flyway Action Plan for the Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and their Habitats
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Single species action plan for the Yellow-breasted Bunting
Species Recovery link

Species Recovery

Wildlife conservation coordinates the development, improvement and dissemination of measures in favour of priority bird species that cannot be helped by habitat protection alone. Together with BirdLife Switzerland and the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the department also coordinates the “Species Recovery for Swiss Birds” programme.

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