Thursday, November 06, 2008

New MOU to protect migratory birds of prey

Augur Buzzard, Birdlife Botswana's photo of the month, photographed in the Linyanti area by Lindsey Glickfield

A meeting held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 20-22 October 2008, resulted in agreement on a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and action plan on migratory birds of prey in Africa and Eurasia, in the framework of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). The Memorandum was signed by 28 countries. A new CMS coordinating unit will be established in Abu Dhabi to promote and monitor the new agreement as a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) initiative. You can read more in the CMS press release of 23 October 2008.

Meanwhile, HOORC's Library has received the September 2008 issues of Birdlife Botswana's Birds and People and Familiar Chat newsletters. Birds and People includes a report about the 12th Pan African Ornithological Congress and the decision made there to establish an African Raptor
Network, reports of birds tagged in the region and a story about the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds. Familiar Chat features a report by Maun's Pete Hancock about the Trans-Okavango Bird Transect. You can find the newsletters in HOORC's Library and on Birdlife Botswana's web site.

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