The Coordinating Unit of the Raptors MOU, in collaboration with BirdLife International, Vulture Conservation Foundation and the IUCN Vulture Specialist Group, has launched a month-long Public Consultation Exercise on the 2nd draft of a Multi-species Action Plan to Conserve African-Eurasian Vultures (Vulture MsAP).The consultation period runs until 16 April 2017.
This 2nd Draft Vulture MsAP is the result of more than a year of intense efforts. From the outset, the Coordinating Unit adopted a highly collaborative and inclusive approach by reaching out to governments, conservation organisations, specialists and other stakeholders in all 127 Range States within the geographic scope of this 12-year plan (2017 – 2029). Almost 300 government officials, partners, vulture specialists and other interested individuals have already contributed to the development of the Vulture MsAP.
Four Regional Action Planning Workshops have been held in recent months: in Dakar, Senegal covering Africa (October 2016); in Monfrague, Spain covering Europe (October 2016); in Mumbai, India covering Asia (November 2016); and, in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE) covering the Middle East (February 2017). In addition, an Overarching Workshop took place in Toledo, Spain on 16-19 February 2017, where a 1st Draft of the Vulture MsAP was reviewed and enhanced by representatives from range states and specialist stakeholders.
The purpose of the Public Consultation Exercise is to reach out even further to invite comments and improvements from anyone who recognizes the importance of vultures and the critical need to conserve them. As well as being published on the Raptors MOU website, the Coordinating Unit has today circulated an email inviting comments from almost 1,000 relevant contacts on its mailing list. The main target groups include: national governmental authorities (e.g. Environment Ministries, Wildlife and Forest Services, etc.), conservation organisations, universities, research institutions, consultants, technical experts, ornithologists and any other individuals with an interest in the conservation of the African-Eurasian vultures.
The overall aims of the Vulture MsAP are: to rapidly halt current population declines in all species covered by the Vulture MsAP; to reverse recent population trends to bring the conservation status of each species back to a favourable level; and, to provide conservation management guidelines applicable to all Range States covered by the Vulture MsAP.
Comments on the 2nd Draft Vulture MsAP should be submitted via email to email@example.com by 16 April 2017. All comments received during the consultation period will be reviewed and, where appropriate, integrated into a final version of the Vulture MsAP, due to be completed by mid-May 2017 for formal submission to the CMS Secretariat. The Vulture MsAP is expected to be considered by Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) at the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP12), scheduled to be held in Manila, Philippines in October 2017.
The Flyway Action Plan for the Conservation of the Balkan and Central Asian Populations of the Egyptian Vulture (EVFAP) will form a key component of the Multi-species Action Plan to Conserve African-Eurasian Vultures (Vulture MsAP).