The fourth of a series of regional workshops to develop a Multi-species Action Plan to Conserve African-Eurasian Vultures (Vulture MsAP) took place from 6 to 9 February in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and was organized by the Raptors MoU. Expert from BSPB took part at the workshop and presented the Flyway Action Plan for the Conservation of the Balkan and Central Asian Populations of the Egyptian Vulture (EVFAP).
The workshop in Sharjah focused on five species, two of which (Egyptian Vulture and Lappet-faced Vulture) are already classified as ‘Endangered’ by the IUCN Red List of threatened species, and two (Cinereous and Bearded Vulture) are listed as “Near Threatened”.
“The Middle East is extremely important for vultures for two reasons: it hosts important breeding populations of two species and it serves as a flyway for the migratory species. Many vultures originating from Europe and Asia migrate through the Middle East ever year.”
(Dr. Jose Tavares, Director of the Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF)
“We are developing a comprehensive action plan covering 15 species of Old World vultures throughout their ranges which extends to over 120 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe, based on the mandate from CMS Resolution 11.14. The overall aim is to halt the current vulture population declines, and to restore each species’ conservation status to a favorable level.”
(Nick P. Williams, Head of the Coordinating Unit of the Raptors MOU)
BSPB took part also in the concluding Overarching Workshop from 16 to 19 February in Toledo, Spain. On the workshop was presented the first draft of the International Vulture multi-Species Action Plan. It includes the most up-to-date population status reports of the species and a detailed analysis of the threats that are affecting these important birds. The Action Plan includes solutions to address the most imminent threats. The overarching Action Plan will be applicable throughout the ranges of all species and aims to promote a step-change in collaborative international conservation efforts.
The final draft will be sent for public consultation in the next few weeks – we encourage you all to contribute (more news soon in the VCF webpage). A final version of the Action Plan will be submitted to the 12th Meeting of the Conference to the Parties to CMS to be held from 23 to 28 October in Manila for adoption. 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).