President of Malta, H. E. Prof. Guido de Marco, met with Heads
of UN-Agencies at the UN-Premises in Bonn 14 October. On this
occasion Mr. de Marco also met with CMS Executive Secretary
Mr. Arnulf Müller-Helmbrecht, AEWA Executive Secretary
Mr. Bert Lenten, ASCOBANS Executive Secretary Mr. Rüdiger
Strempel and Mr. Andreas Streit, Executive Secretary of EUROBATS.
The talks were held in a very friendly atmosphere. Species
conservation and biodiversity issues were on the agenda.
Mr. de Marco was very familiar with biodiversity issues
and he displayed great interest in the implementation of
the Convention. He admitted that public awareness must be
raised in Malta, where the hunting of birds is very popular.
Malta is located along an important flyway of migratory
birds. The former Vice President of the Independent World
Commission on Oceans pointed out that dolphins which were
once numerous around Malta have become rare. Whales and
dolphins in the Mediterranean have also suffered a serious
decline in populations. Sonar systems, chemical pollution
and by-catch pose additional threats to marine mammals.
Mr. de Marco was confident that information on biodiversity
and species conservation in Malta will be considerably improved
in the near future.
While Malta is already a Party to CMS, ACCOBAMS and EUROBATS,
Malta’s accession to AEWA is still pending. CMS and
Agreement Secretariats are convinced that Mr. De Marco will
strive for the successful implementation of the Convention
in Malta: He has set the course for the potential accession
of Malta to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian