Hague, 17/18 April. Ukraine and Albania became the tenth
and eleventh range States to sign the CMS MoU on the Conservation
and Management of the Middle-European Population of the
The Great Bustard is listed in CMS Appendix II because
of its unfavourable conservation status. The MoU is designed
to improve the conservation status of the Middle-European
Population through conservation and management efforts.
17 April 2002, H.E. Mr. Serhii Kurykin, Ukraine, Minister
of Ecology and Natural Resources (above), signed
the MoU on behalf of his country. H.E. Mr. Lufter Xhuveli,
Albania, Minister of Environment (left) signed the
MoU on behalf of his country on 18 April 2002. He was accompanied
by Mr. Zamir Dedej, Director of the Natural Resources Management
and Biodiversity Directorate and Ms.Gentiana Hasko, Director
of the Juridical and Foreign Affairs Directorate, within
the Ministry of Environment .
CMS Executive Secretary, Arnulf Mueller-Helmbrecht, invited
both ministers to the CMS exhibition booth at CBD COP 6
in The Hague for the signing ceremony.