The Australian Minister of the Environment,
Hon. Senator Robert Hill, has personally intervened to improve
the conservation of seabirds in the Southern Hemisphere.
On his instructions, the Australian CMS focal point, Anne-Marie
Delahunt, and CMS Scientific Councillor, Andrew McNee,
with major support of Environment Australia have
prepared a draft Agreement and Action Plan on the conservation
of the Southern Hemisphere albatrosses and petrels.
Australia organised and hosted a consultative
meeting in Hobart, Australia, from 10-14 July 2000, attended
by the authorities of various Range States and intergovernmental
organisations. Senator Hill opened the meeting, stressing
the various threats to the birds and the urgent need for
international coordinated action to improve their conservation
status. He confirmed the willingness of the Government of
Australia to advance the process of negotiating and concluding
an Agreement under the CMS.
At the negotiations, the participants made
good progress in the development of an Agreement and Action
Plan. For the report of the Hobart meeting, please
It is now important that all Range States
as well as relevant IGO’s, NGO’s and scientific institutions
take an active part in the final negotiations required to
conclude this vital Agreement. Thereafter, it will be essential
to secure the membership of all countries exercising sovereign
rights in the migration range of the albatross and petrel
species concerned, and which undertake fishing and other
activities impacting on the their habitat.
For the draft Agreement text in English,
Spanisch and French and the final report of the Hobart meeting
please click here:
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