Better Protection For Hammerheads & Mantas
Hammerhead shark, reef manta ray, Cuvier's beaked whale and polar bear gain greater international protection
The 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) concluded on Sunday after six days of intense negotiations aiming to set conservation actions for the benefit of the world’s migratory species for the coming years.
More than 900 representatives of parties, non-parties, IGOs, NGOs and the media together with a large number of leading experts came together at the conference held in Quito, Ecuador to discuss conservation efforts to protect migratory species.
'From plastic pollution in our oceans, to the effects of climate change, to poaching and overexploitation, the threats migratory animals face will eventually affect us all', said Bradnee Chambers, the Convention’s Executive Secretary.
A record of 31 proposals to add species to the Convention’s two appendices were approved. These included the addition of 21 shark, ray and sawfish species proposed by Kenya, Egypt, the European Union, Fiji, Costa Rica and Ecuador.
Cuvier’s beaked-whale proposed by the European Union was added to Appendix I and the Polar Bear (Norway) was added to Appendix II.
'The decisions made by Governments at the CMS Conference reflects the growing awareness that the responsibility for protecting wildlife is a shared one, and that the threats to wildlife can be tackled most effectively through global cooperation,' said Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, which administers the Convention. 'International agreements such as the CMS work on behalf of citizens and communities around the world who wish to conserve and protect our natural heritage. They are an expression of our shared commitment that the pursuit of human development does not come at the expense of our natural world,' said Steiner.