27 January 2012 - Following the proposal of the
European Union and its Member States, the Saker Falcon (Falco
cherrug) was, after extensive discussions, uplisted
to CMS Appendix I at COP10 (20-25 November 2011).
A Working Group of 38 members gathered
seven times during the COP10 to consider the listing proposal
and to develop a package of measures designed to enhance
the conservation status of the Saker Falcon throughout its
range. In particular, the Working Group assisted in the
drafting of COP Resolution 10.28 on the Saker Falcon, available
This Resolution acknowledges the listing of the Saker Falcon
on CMS Appendix I, excluding the population in Mongolia,
and decides to establish an immediate Concerted Action supported
by all concerned.
As a result of the Resolution, a Saker
Falcon Task Force (STF) is to be established with the ambitious
objective of bringing together Range States, Partners and
interested parties to develop a coordinated Global Action
Plan, including a management and monitoring system, to conserve
the Saker Falcon. According to the mandate granted at COP,
the Task Force will operate under the auspices of the Interim
Coordinating Unit (ICU) of the UNEP/CMS Raptors MoU, located
in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The ICU is planning to host the 1st meeting
of the STF on 29 March 2012 in Abu Dhabi. Terms of Reference
for the Task Force (available here)
have been drafted for adoption at the 1st meeting. These
Terms of Reference have been circulated to all key Saker
Falcon Range States, Partners and other interested parties,
along with a request for Expressions of Interest from representatives
who wish to be considered to serve on the STF.