Bonn / Libreville, 4 September 2008: Gabon
has acceded to the CMS Gorilla Agreement with effect from
1 November 2008. It thereby becomes the sixth range state
to join the Agreement (there are ten in total) The accession
was signed by H.E. Laure Gondjout, the Minister of Foreign
Affairs, Cooperation, Francophonie and Regional Integration
of the Republic of Gabon.
By becoming a Party Gabon joins the Central
African Republic, the Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Democratic
Republic of Congo and Rwanda.
This legally binding Agreement on the Conservation
of Gorillas and Their Habitats came into effect in June
this year and was agreed upon by representatives of nine
African Range States at a meeting hosted by the Government
of France and CMS in Paris in October 2007.
The main objective of the Agreement is
to conserve and restore the highly threatened Gorilla populations
in Central and West Africa through an Action Plan covering
education, research and forest protection. The Gorilla Agreement
will be jointly serviced by the CMS Secretariat and the
Great Apes Survival Project Partnership (GRASP), an alliance
of over 30 Governments, UN agencies and numerous voluntary
The First Meeting of Parties to the Gorilla
Agreement will take place in Rome, Italy, on 29 November
2008, and directly precedes CMS COP9.