25 October 2012 - A range of activities have taken place to progress conservation and transboundary cooperation for argali since the species was listed on Appendix II of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) nearly one year ago. The development of an international action plan on the conservation of argali and their habitat will now be the focus of a workshop, which will take place on 2-4 December in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The workshop is open for technical experts and representatives from argali range states that have been nominated to participate in an argali working group to develop international and coordinated conservation activities for argali.
Following the publication of the report “Gaps and Options for Enhancing Argali Conservation in Central Asia”, the CMS Secretariat invited argali range states to nominate relevant technical experts for the working group in order to contribute to the further strengthening and formalization of transboundary conservation of argali. An international consultant will develop a first draft action plan based on the work already undertaken by participants at the Vilm workshop in March 2012. At the upcoming workshop in Bishkek, which will be financed by the GIZ Regional Program on Sustainable Use of Natural Resources in Central Asia, participants will review this document and discuss priority activities for implementation.
Next to discussing objectives and activities of the action plan, participants should also agree on the future modalities and tasks for the argali working group, including the development of terms of reference. Discussions on mechanisms to coordinate the implementation of the agreed actions and to ensure sufficient funding are also envisaged.
The CMS Secretariat welcomes expressions of interests from relevant stakeholders to contribute to these discussions, as well as nominations for representatives from the range states to attend the workshop, which should be provided as soon as possible by email to Christiane Roettger (email@example.com).
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