Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Regional Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Owls and Raptors

In Budapest, May 2003, the VI World Working Group on Birds of Prey and Owls (WWGBP) adopted a resolution that urged the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) to consider establishing a multi-lateral agreement on the conservation of migratory raptors in the African-Eurasian region. The CMS, Nairobi 2005, called for action to tackle the threats faced by these birds via Recommendation 8.12 and Resolution 8.5.

To this end the Governments of the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates are co-leading an initiative to explore the development of a new agreement to help conserve migratory birds of prey and owls in the Africa-Eurasian region. Over 50% of raptor species have poor conservation status or are in short or long-term declines, and currently there is no international cooperative framework dedicated to the conservation of (these) migratory birds of prey.

The initiative – a meeting to be held in Loch Lomond, Scotland, from 22-25 October 2007 - will discover the level of interest in Range-State governments for a new cooperative agreement; to be drawn up under the auspices of CMS. If interest is sufficiently strong, the UK and UAE Governments will work with CMS and the interested Range States to develop and conclude the agreement.
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