Thirty-one proposals from 24 countries will be debated in the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP12) that opened at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on Monday. CMS Executive Secretary Bradnee Chambers said: “CMS COP12 comes at a critical time for wildlife conservation. Our wildlife is not an optional extra, but the basis upon which all our livelihoods and progress depend. Only by integrating wildlife conservation with sustainable development will we be able to protect the remaining species on Earth, species from which we benefit in so many different ways.” Notably, ten vulture species and the Steppe Eagle could be included in Appendix I, which protects migratory species threatened with extinction. Giraffes, which are not safeguarded by any convention, will be considered for inclusion in Appendix II for species that need or would significantly benefit from international cooperation. At COP12, CMS will strengthen its work with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to conserve African carnivores. The new initiative will benefit the African lion, the cheetah and eopard as well as the African wild dog. At a special event… Read full this story
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