Bonn, 26 September 2002 - A special ceremony was
held at the close of the first day of the Seventh Conference
of the Parties. The Ambassador of Uzbekistan, H.E. Norov,
signed the Memorandum of Understanding concerning the Conservation
and Restoration of the Bukhara Deer, concluded in May 2002.
Uzbekistan is the fourth Range State to sign the Memorandum
of Understanding and joins Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan,
the three other Bukhara Deer Range States. Arnulf Müller-Helmbrecht,
Executive Secretary of CMS, stated that the MoU was concluded
in record time: "It is an outstanding example of cooperation
between Central Asian countries." Dieter Schramm, President
of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation
(CIC,) added his signature to the document on 26 September.
Germany signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation
and Management of the Central-European Population of the
Great Bustard bringing the number of signatory States to
ten. Considering the intensive preparations with regard
to sign this particular Memorandum, Gila Altmann, Parliamentary
State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Environment said:
"For me it is a great moment." The Central European population
of the Great Bustard has declined dramatically in Brandenburg
and Saxony-Anhalt. This Memorandum aims at strengthening
international cooperation between Range States with a view
to prevent this bird from extinction.
Two important Range States, Cameroon and Côte d'Ivoire,
signed the Memorandum of Understanding concerning Conservation
Measures for Marine Turtles of the Atlantic Coast of Africa.
Ambassador H.E. Melega of Cameroon and Ambassador H.E. Atse
Amin of Côte d'Ivoire signed on behalf of their governments.
With the signing by these countries covering the Gulf of
Guinea and the Congo Basin, the ability of CMS as to conserve
one of oldest species on earth has grown considerably.