delegation from the Russian Federation headed by Dr Amirkhan
M. Amirkhanov, Deputy Director at the Ministry of Natural
Resources, visited the CMS Secretariat in Bonn, 17 August.
Representatives of CMS, AEWA, ASCOBANS and EUROBATS delivered
presentations on the activities of their agreements. Avian
Influenza, Wildlife and the Environment was a major topic
of interest to the Russian visitors.
The Russian Federation is an important range state for
various species that are listed on the CMS Appendices
such as the endangered Snow Leopard and the Saiga Antelope,
for which a Memorandum of Understanding is already in
place. Breeding grounds of the critically endangered Slender-billed
Curlew, which is also covered by a MoU, are presumely
located on Russian territory. To date, the Russian Federation
has signed the MoU on the Siberian Crane and benefits
from its involvement through a major GEF project.
During his visit, Mr. Armirkhanov was confident of the
Russian Federation acceeding to the Convention and its
daughter agreements by COP 9 in December 2008. Just in
respect of the bird species, the Russian Federation is
expected to join AEWA and the agreements on the Great
Bustard and Raptors. Both parties agreed to pave the way
for the Russian accession in the near future.