African Countries Consolidating Position on Migratory Species

09 Aug 2017
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Addis Ababa August 9, 2017 The Africa Regional Preparatory Workshop for the 12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) that is underway in Addis Ababa will enable Africans to have common position and understanding on issues to be given priority by the continent, according to Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority.

The three-day workshop will also enhance better communication and reporting system, it was indicated.

The Africa Regional Preparatory Workshop is expected to develop common position in the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS COP12) that will take place from 23 to 28 October 2017 in Manila, Philippines.

Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority Director-General, Kumera Wakjira said serious challenges are associated with the prevalence of multifaceted human activities that threaten most of the wildlife species in Africa.

The impact of ever increasing human pressure on migratory wildlife obviously outweighs since migratory species cross one or more national boundaries, he added. 

CMS Joint Program Officer at UNEP, Clara Nobbe said on her part the participants will discuss the different obligation they have made under the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) with regard to the species they are sharing. 

During the workshop, representatives of the countries will discuss how noise affects marine species and will negotiate some guideline that have been prepared by experts to regulate noises produced in ocean, she added.

Besides, the protection of leopards, lions, giraffes and chimpanzees is very important for African countries, Nobbe stated.

The Program Officer noted that conservation of wildlife will very much contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

According to her, lots of things need to be done to increase the capacity of different authorities in Africa.

The Convention on Migratory Species of wild animals (CMS) is the only global and UN based intergovernmental organization established exclusively for the conservation and management of terrestrial, aquatic and avian migratory species throughout their range.



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