Second meeting of signatories to the Raptors MoU



“The Return of the Neophron” LIFE+ projects took part in the second Meeting of Signatories (MoS2) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) held from 5 to 8 October in Trondheim, Norway.

During the meeting were discussed a lot of themes and organized some side events in relation with the prevention of poisoning of birds of prey and the wind power and raptors. On the second day were shared several presentations on conservation initiatives, including trust-building activities within the Saker Global Action Plan, and и on the illegal killing and taking of Mediterranean birds. Two side events followed, entitled “Electrocution of birds of prey - a real threat to the Saker Falcon,” organized by the International Association for Falconry and Protection of Birds of Prey (IAF) and “Energy and migratory raptors - solutions for a brighter future” organized by BirdLife International.

During a signing ceremony, Comoros became the 53rd Signatory to the Raptors MoU.

A side event, entitled “Old World Vultures - the need for a Multi-Species Action Plan” was organized by the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Dr. Stoyan Nikolov, the project manager of “The Return of the Neophron” present the Flyway Action Plan for the Conservation of the Balkan and Central Asian Populations of the Egyptian Vulture.

MoS2 to the CMS Raptors MoU continued its third day in the field, with delegates convening in the morning to join an all-day excursion, coordinated by the Government of Norway.

During the last day, delegates discussed current financial status and future funding as well as the African vulture crisis and were introduced to the African-Eurasian Vulture Multi-species Action Plan (MSAP) to support conservation efforts across flyways.  Two side events occurred during the morning session, on: “Conservation issues of Malagasy migratory birds of prey,” organized by the Ministry of Environment, Madagascar; and “Quantifying, monitoring and tackling illegal killing and taking of birds in the Mediterranean and beyond,” organized by BirdLife International.

More information and documents from the meeting find here.

Specific funding for coverage of the 2nd Meeting of Signatories to the Raptors MoU has been provided by the CMS Office - Abu Dhabi.

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