Kazakhstan signed the CMS Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU)

On February 11, 2024, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) for the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU) on the occasion of the 14th meeting of the CMS Conference of Parties (CMS COP14) held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. This brings the total number of signatories to the Raptors MOU to 64. This makes a decisive contribution to the geographical scope of the Memorandum. Translated with DeepL.com (free version)

Nurken Sharbiev, Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Kazakhstan:
"Kazakhstan is home to important breeding populations of several species of birds of prey that migrate long distances, and we need international cooperation to ensure that the work being done in our country is matched by similar efforts on their migration routes. We also welcome the cooperation and exchange of experience from other signatories and cooperating partners to address the threats operating in our country."

According to the underlying principles of the Memorandum, signatories will endeavor to:
- Take coordinated action to achieve and maintain the favorable conservation status of birds of prey throughout their range and to reverse their decline when and where necessary;
- Adopt, implement and enforce such legal, regulatory and administrative measures as may be appropriate for the conservation of birds of prey and their habitats;
- Provide for and ensure adequate legal protection of birds of prey from poaching, taking, trade or other forms of exploitation that may adversely affect the conservation status of the species, or where no such impact has been determined;
- Identify important areas, significant routes, breeding sites and aggregations of birds of prey and promote their protection and appropriate management, rehabilitation and restoration;
- Consider and, where possible, integrate the conservation needs of birds of prey into the economic sector, including agriculture, forestry, energy, transportation, waste management, tourism and others;
- Encourage and support research, assessment, monitoring and knowledge sharing related to the biology, ecology and conservation of birds of prey.

Республики Центральной Азии являются стратегически важными странами для сохранения перелётных хищных птиц, учитывая их расположение на восточноафриканском пролётном пути, важном для миграции миллионов хищных птиц. Из 94 видов, включенных в Меморандум о взаимопонимании по хищникам, 47 видов встречаются на территории Казахстана, включая степного орла (Aquila nipalensis), балобана (Falco cherrug) и стервятника (Neophron percnopterus), которые классифицируются как «Находящийся под угрозой исчезновения» в Красном списке МСОП. Таким образом, действия по сохранению, предпринятые в Казахстане, принесут огромную пользу почти половине видов, перечисленных в Меморандуме о взаимопонимании по хищникам.

A source: https://www.cms.int/en/news/

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