Red Back Shrike caught on a limestick @ Mindy El Bashir, NCE
The Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds (IKB) are still of great concern globally, and some bird populations are declining rapidly. Even though IKB are happening in every part of the world, the Mediterranean is in need of special attention since the challenges in this area are particularly acute.
In 2014, the CMS 11th Conference of the Parties mandated the establishment of the Intergovernmental Task Force on Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds in the Mediterranean (MIKT). Since the attention given to IKB differed between the Range States, the need for a joint approach to tackle the problem in this region was urgent. The meetings of the MIKT are therefore an important platform where governments and international organizations can improve mutual cooperation and exchange experiences on this issue.
The first meeting of the MIKT took place in Cairo in 2016. During this meeting, the government representatives adopted the Cairo Declaration which highlighted, among other things, the need for social, economic and cultural approaches to the problem, and reaffirmed their zero tolerance towards IKB. The meeting also resulted in a Programme of Work (PoW) for 2016 to 2020 focused on three priority areas to address IKB in the Mediterranean: legal and enforcement aspects, conservation and monitoring and finally education and public awareness.
The second meeting of the MIKT will take place in Sliema (Malta), on 22 and 23 June 2017. This will be a joint meeting between the Bern Convention Network of Special Focal Points on Eradication of Illegal Killing, Trapping and Trade in Wild Birds (Bern SFPs Network) and MIKT. The Bern SFPs Network is also formed of representatives of the Bern Convention’s Contracting Parties and has been active since 2011.
The objective of this meeting will be the exchange of best practices and facilitation of concerted actions of both networks to support each other. A follow-up of the implementation of the Bern Convention’s Tunis Action Plan 2013-2020 and the MIKT’s POW 2016-2020 will be discussed. In addition, it will focus on the creation of a scoreboard that will serve as a common benchmarking tool to measure the countries’ progress in eradicating IKB.
The Bern Convention and CMS are joining forces to address IKB in the Mediterranean and the meeting in Malta will be an excellent opportunity to ensure maximum coordination and enhance synergies.
The European Commission were recognized as Champion Plus for their generous support and commitment towards addressing Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds in the Mediterranean for the period 2015-2018. This activity has been funded with the contribution granted by the European Commission under the Migratory Species Champion Programme and through the Global Public Goods and Challenges (GPGC Programme) Cooperation Agreements with UNEP.
This activity has also been kindly sponsored by the Bern Convention and the Government of Malta.
22 Jun 2017 09:00 to 23 Jun 2017 18:00
|Organizer||UNEP/CMS Secretariat and Bern Convention|