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First Meeting of Signatories (MoS1) to the UN Environment Programme/Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS) Raptors Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

9-11 December 2012 | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

The First Meeting of Signatories (MoS1) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding concerning the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) was held from 9-11 December 2012 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It was attended by more than 90 participants, including representatives from 22 Signatories and the European Union (EU).

Signatories agreed on: a process to future work and national reporting; the creation of the Raptors MoU Coordination Unit and the Technical and Advisory Group; identification of priority areas to address the threats facing birds of prey; and the endorsement of CMS COP10 Resolution 10.11 on power lines and migratory birds.

As participants left the meeting, participants noted a sense of accomplishment and praised the CMS Secretariat for steering the MoU in the right direction. However participants were also conscious of the scale of the challenges facing migratory birds of prey. MoU Signatories will have to address them by developing national and regional raptor conservation and management strategies, while using the MoU as a tool for international coordination efforts.

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