United Arab Emirates

100 representatives from almost 50 countries came together to discuss urgent actions to step up international conservation efforts for threatened raptor species. Niger and Somalia both signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU). Countries reviewed the implementation of the overarching Action Plan and decided on future steps to promote this international raptor conservation agreement. A Coordination Unit will be based in Abu Dhabi, funded by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi a 15-person Technical Advisory Group will be set up in early 2013. 76 migratory species of birds of prey and owls, which occur in 130 countries in Africa and Eurasia, are covered under the Raptors MoU. Governments are best placed to preserve a network of breeding, migration and wintering sites on which these nomads of the air can depend. More information on the Raptor MoU is available through the CMS website.