The Proceedings of the second regional seminar on the conservation
and restoration of Sahelo-Saharan Antelopes have just been
published. They will be distributed as a CMS
Technical Series Publication to all relevant
organizations. Representatives of eleven Range States of
the six endangered Sahelo-Saharan antelopes species had
met in Agadir, Morocco from 1-5 May 2003, to discuss the
status of conservation of these species and their habitats
in the various Range States. Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad,
Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Sudan
and Tunisia were the Range States represented at the meeting.
The CMS Secretariat convened this seminar on behalf of the
Conference of the Parties, with the assistance and support
of the Government of Morocco, the Belgian Royal Institute
of Natural Sciences (IRSNB) and the United Nations Environment
The main purpose of the Agadir Seminar was to review the
conservation status of the respective species and their
habitats and inform the participating Range States, supporting
countries, NGOs and IGOs about the various actions, which
have been taken to implement the Djerba Action Plan so far.
In addition to reviewing and assessing the projects resulting
from the first meeting in Djerba, Tunisia, in 1998 the participants
of this follow-up meeting produced an update to the Action
Plan and consulted on further projects. An abstract of the
result of the Agadir meeting can be found in the “Agadir
Declaration” (PDF format).
The submitted national reports showed that the status of
the Sahelo-Saharan antelope populations as a whole has further
worsened during the last five years: Sahelo-Saharan antelopes
in the wild were in an increasingly critical situation and
there was an urgent need to implement the Action Plan. Poaching,
constant hunting, drought and desertification continue to
be the main threats to the species’ survival. Participants
have noted that hunters and falconers are still causing
serious harm to wildlife in the Sahelo-Saharan region while
antelopes are on the brink of extinction. Therefore the
political authorities of the countries concerned, as well
as hunters and falconers are called upon to respect the
legislation of the Range States of Sahelo-Saharan antelopes.
The States concerned confirmed their commitments by their
ratifying the international convention to restore and maintain
sustainable populations of these species.
According to the Agadir Declaration CMS will take the appropriate
steps with the authorities of all the respective countries
concerned. The objective is to implement the appropriate
technical and institutional measures to put an end to all
practices of capture that are not in conformity with the
legal provisions or the sustainable use of resources.
The seminar has adopted the revised Djerba Action Plan
that will be distributed to all relevant organizations at
a national and international level. The Range States of
Sahelo-Saharan antelopes expressed their willingness to
develop and conclude an Agreement or Memorandum of Understanding
under the auspices of CMS. This will provide a framework
for the species’ long-term conservation and management.
A working group has been set up to assist in the preparation
of a draft.
Click here to download the Proceedings of the second regional
seminar on the conservation and restoration of Sahelo-Saharan
Antelopes (CMS Technical Series No.8)
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