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CMS and the Sahelo-Saharan Action Plan, 19 years later

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Presented during the 17h Annual Sahelo-Saharan Interest Group Meeting organized by the NGO Sahara Conservation Fund in Senegal, from 4 to 6 May 2017. The Sahara Conservation Fund (SCF) gathers every year about a hundred people who are interested in the field of Sahelo-Saharan species conservation

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CMS and the Sahelo-Saharan Action Plan, 19 years later

  1. 1. 17th Annual Sahelo-Saharan Interest Group Meeting 2 days of talks on biodiversity conservation in the Sahara and in the Sahel CMS and the Sahelo-Saharan Action Plan, 19 years later : Moving forward Yelizaveta PROTAS,Associate Program Officer – Convention on Migratory Species May 4 – 6, 2017
  2. 2. CMS and the Sahelo-Saharan Action Plan 19 Years Later: Moving Forward
  3. 3. Structure of CMS • International biodiversity treaty managed by UNEP with headquarters in Bonn, Germany • Aim: conservation of transboundary wildlife • Global scope, 124 Parties (CMS Extended Family: +150 countries) • Primary tools: – Species listings (Appendix I, II) – Regional agreements, Memoranda of Understanding and Action Plans
  4. 4. q Designation of species for Concerted Actions q Sahelo-Saharan Action Plan (Djebra declaration 1998) Existing CMS Tools on Sahelo-Saharan Megafauna q CMS Recommendation 9.2: Sahelo-Saharan Megafauna Adopted by the Conference of the Parties at its Ninth Meeting (Rome, 1-5 December 2008)
  5. 5. • Adopted in 1998 by all 14 Range States under the auspices of CMS. • Objectives: • Research population status of six target species; • Restore populations and habitats; • Reduce overhunting of species by raising awareness and incentivizing sustainable practices in local communities. • Enhance international cooperation, including sharing of information and technical expertise. The Sahelo-Saharan Action Plan Originally included: Oryx dammah, Addax nasomaculatus, Gazella dama, Gazella leptoceros, Gazella cuvieri, Gazella Dorcas Added recently: Red-Fronted gazelle, Barbary sheep
  6. 6. CMS news relevant for Sahelo-Saharan Stakeholders
  7. 7. COP12 Manila, Philippines October 23-28 Capacity building pre-COP workshop Aimed at African COP delegates Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; 9-11 August
  8. 8. Upcoming COP12 activities relevant for Sahelo-Saharan Stakeholders Species Listing Proposals: • Lion • Leopard • Giraffe • African wild ass Resolutions: • Adoption of Vultures Action Plan • Resolution on Cultural Values and Conservation • Resolution on Community-Based Conservation • Resolution on Trophy hunting • Carnivore Initiative: a Special Initiative being developed for African carnivores (lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah)
  9. 9. • Mapping migration routes and barriers to migration • Italian Government committed 1M euros to develop an Atlas of bird migration (African Eurasian region) • Crucial to extend to land mammals Migration Atlas: Mapping Migration Routes
  10. 10. CMS Activities: Multi-species Action Plan to conserve African-Eurasian Vultures • Developed from CMS Resolution 11.14: Programme of Work on Migratory Birds and Flyways. • Goal to bring together Range State representatives, partners, and interested parties, to develop an Action Plan for COP12. • Action Plan to cover whole geographic ranges of 15 Old World vulture species across ~124 Range States. • Objectives include: • Reverse vulture population decline; • Restore favourable conservation status; and • Provide conservation management guidelines to Range States. CMS Abu Dhabi Office, coordinated by Mr. Nick Williams
  11. 11. CMS Activities: Action Plan for Migratory Landbirds in the African-Eurasian Region • Adopted in CMS Resolution 11.17. • Aim: to improve conservation status of 504 migratory landbird species in the African-Eurasian region through a strategic framework for international action. • Scope: • Monitor population trends and conduct other research. • Raise awareness of conservation issues regarding African-Eurasian migrant landbirds. • Exchange information on conservation and management practices. • Promote sustainable land management policies and practices.
  12. 12. What’s next? Possible meetings: • Side-event at COP12: Good venue to discuss future cooperation and bring together representatives of Range States and donor states • Addax extinction crisis: CMS is in a position to help convene meetings as necessary, add our voice to fundraising efforts • Range State Meeting (likely 2018) Update the Action Plan, take score of current situation, and re-commit to the Sahelo-Saharan Antelope conservation
  13. 13. Thank You!

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