The Great Bustard is one of the most endangered
birds in Europe. In large regions of its traditional European
range the species has already vanished. Without active protection
measures, the species is doomed to disappear. The remaining
population is dispersed in several small populations and
many animals migrate.
Based on recommendations of the CMS Scientific
Council and the Conference of the Parties (Rec. 4.2, Nairobi
1994), the Secretariat with assistance from experts in international
law and zoology has drafted a Memorandum of Understanding
aimed at conserving the middle European population of this
species. The proposal (comprising drafts of the MoU and
a well-structured Action Plan) is being submitted for discussion
to the authorities of the Range States and the relevant
international governmental and non-governmental organizations.