Support to conserve African-Eurasian vultures at CMS COP12 and beyond

29.06.2017
Photography: Lapped-faced vulture (Stoyan Nikolov)

Recently, the Coordinating Unit of the Raptors MoU informed that the Final Draft of the Multi-species Action Plan to Conserve African-Eurasian Vultures (Vulture MsAP) was submitted to the CMS Secretariat.  It is now available online, with associated documents including a Draft Resolution, as a Meeting Document for consideration at the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to CMS, due to be held in Manila, Philippines in October 2017, as follows:

Conservation on African-Eurasian Vultures (UNEP/CMS/COP12/Doc.24.1.4), including a Draft Resolution in Annex 1

Vulture MsAP (UNEP/CMS/COP12/Doc.24.1.4/Annex3) – currently available in English only (due to resource constraints)

A short Summary Document of the Vulture MsAP will be posted on the COP12 page in due course – in English, French and Spanish

Proposal for inclusion of five vulture species occurring in sub-Saharan Africa – submitted by Kenya

Proposal for inclusion of four vulture species occurring in Asia – submitted by Pakistan

Proposal for inclusion of the Lappet-faced vulture – submitted by Israel

Proposal for inclusion of the Lappet-faced vulture – submitted by Saudi Arabia.

 

Background about the development of the Vulture MsAP can be found here, and Reports of the Regional Workshops here. The CU Raptors MoU, BirdLife International, Vulture Conservation Foundation and the IUCN SSC Vulture Specialist Group are planning to hold a side-event at CMS COP12 on Conserving African-Eurasian Vulture for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: the Role of the Multi-species Action Plan (working title), to which all interested participants will be invited, especially government representatives from the 128 Vulture MsAP Range States (thus, for those who are planning to attend COP12 and would like to support this side-event, please contact CU Raptors MoU).

The Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BirdLife Bulgaria) significantly contributed to the development of the Vulture MsAP through its active participation in the Regional and Overarching workshops, and together with the partners under the LIFE+ project “The Return of the Neophron” (LIFE10 NAT/BG/000152) by developing of the Flyway Action Plan for the Conservation of the Balkan and Central Asian Populations of the Egyptian Vulture (EVFAP) is an integral part and annexed in full to the Vulture MsAP.

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