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Raptor MOU nations agreed to list 12 Vulture Species in Annex I to tackle African Vulture Crisis

Oct 14, 2015 16:16 IST

At the 2nd meeting of the Signatories of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey (Raptors MOU), member-countries agreed to add twelve species of Vulture in Annex 1 of the agreement as a response to the current African Vulture Crisis.

The meeting was held in Trondheim, Norway from 5 October to 8 October 2015 under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) as a special instrument to address threats to Vulture species.

The twelve vulture species on which the agreement was reached includes the Hooded Vulture, White-rumped Vulture and the Lappet-faced Vulture among others.

Other highlights of the meeting
• At the meeting, Comoros added its signature bringing the number of Signatories of Raptor MOU to 53.
• Countries agreed to work together to better protect vultures, eagles, hawks, falcons and owls.
• To stop the dramatic decline of vultures, Iran announced its decision to ban diclofenac, a drug which almost wiped out vulture populations in India.
• The development of a Multi-Species Action Plan for all Old World Vultures was initiated to halt the decline of vulture populations. The initiative to develop priority species action plans via the Raptors MOU is also included in CMS Resolution 11.14 on Migratory Birds and Flyways.

At present, the Vultures are suffering serious declines which are caused by illegal take and trade, and poisoning with toxic chemicals, which present serious risks to human health too.

Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)
The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) aims to conserve terrestrial, aquatic and avian migratory species throughout their range. It is an intergovernmental treaty, concluded under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), concerned with the conservation of wildlife and habitats on a global scale. With Brazil's accession there are now 122 Parties including the European Union to the Convention.

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