Government signs MoU on conservation of birds of prey

Government signs MoU on conservation of birds of prey 

The Government has signed ‘Raptor MoU’ - a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on conservation of birds of prey in Africa and Eurasia. The ‘Raptor MoU’ extends its coverage to 76 species of birds of prey, out of which 46 species, including vultures, falcons, eagles, owls, hawks, kites, harriers, etc. also occur in India

The MoU has been signed on March 7, 2016 at the Convention on Migratory Species Office in Abu Dhabi by the Ambassador of India to the UAE, Shri T.P Seetharam. India has become the 56th signatory State to sign the ‘Raptor MoU’ that was concluded on October 22, 2008 and came into effect on November 1, 2008. The ‘Raptor MoU’ is an agreement under Article IV paragraph 4 of the CMS and is not legally binding. 

The Union Cabinet, in its meeting, held on December 30, 2015 had approved the proposal of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to sign the MoU, also called ‘Raptor MoU’, on Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia, with the Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS), or Bonn Convention, under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The CMS aims to conserve migratory species throughout their range. India had become a party to the CMS since November 1, 1983. 

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