International Single Species Action Plan


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Recently, the 14th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP14) adopted the Single Species Action Plan for conservation of the Hawksbill Turtle.

About International Single Species Action Plan

  • It is the key instrument developed under the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA). 
  • Purpose: It is for the purpose of implementing coordinated measures to restore migratory waterbird species to a favourable conservation status.
  • International cooperation among the species’ range states is essential for implementation of these action plans.

What is AEWA?

  • It is an intergovernmental treaty dedicated to the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, Greenland and the Canadian Archipelago.
  • It is developed under the framework of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
  • It brings together countries and the wider international conservation community in an effort to establish coordinated conservation and management of migratory waterbirds throughout their entire migratory range.
  • It covers 255 species of migratory waterbirds that are ecologically dependent on wetlands for at least part of their annual cycle.
  • The Agreement area stretches from the northern reaches of Canada and the Russian Federation to the southernmost tip of Africa, covering 119 Range States from Africa, Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia and Canada
  • The Agreement has three main bodies:
    • Meeting of the Parties (MOP), the governing body of AEWA;
    • Standing Committee (StC), responsible for steering the operations between sessions of the MOP;
    • Technical Committee (TC), responsible for providing scientific and technical advice.
  • The Agreement’s Secretariat (UNEP/AEWA Secretariat) based in Bonn, Germany, supports the Parties and services the bodies of the Agreement.

Q1) What is the United Nations Environment Programme?

It is responsible for coordinating responses to environmental issues within the United Nations system. It was established by Maurice Strong, its first director, after the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm in June 1972.

Source: CMS COP14: Draft resolution for conservation of hawksbill turtle & angelshark adopted