The Plan of Action to Address Bird Trapping along the Mediterranean Coasts of Egypt and Libya went public today together with the launch of the freshly-developed website for the International Task Force, established to ensure its effective implementation.
The Plan of Action (PoA) was developed in advance of the coordination meeting on bird trapping in Egypt and Libya, convened by the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat on 29 November 2013 at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany, where it was revised.
This was the first time a meeting of this type had been convened for this specific issue and it was sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the governments of Egypt, Libya and Germany, the Secretariats of AEWA, CMS and the CMS Raptors MOU, the chairpersons of the AEWA and CMS scientific and technical bodies and of the CMS Scientific Council Working Group on African-Eurasian Landbirds, BirdLife International and national NGOs from Egypt, Libya and Germany.
Nature Conservation Egypt - the Birdlife Partner in Egypt - had been commissioned by the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat to develop a draft Plan of Action, which was revised at the meeting. The Plan of Action was finalized and agreed in March 2014.
The members of the International Task Force are pleased to be able to present this PoA, which is unique in nature in that it combines regional goals and priorities with national and local actions and deliverables. Furthermore, it will be implemented jointly by national governments and NGOs, in collaboration with international organizations and Secretariats of Multilateral Environmental Agreements.
The International Task Force is eager to embark on the implementation of the PoA, the overall goal of which is to make bird trapping activities along the Mediterranean coasts of Egypt and Libya legal and sustainable.
First funding applications have already been submitted to donors and the preparations for implementing high priority actions in 2014 are underway.
All interested parties are invited to support the implementation of the PoA. This can be done through:
- the provision of funds or other resources;
- partnering with the International Task Force; or
- joining the International Task Force as a proactive member.
Your support and participation would be highly valued and would contribute towards achieving the PoA objectives within the set timeframe.
Implementation Mechanism and Funding for the Plan of Action
This Plan of Action is unique in nature, in that it combines regional goals and priorities, with national and local actions and deliverables. Furthermore, it will be implemented jointly by national governments and NGOs, in collaboration with international organizations and MEA Secretariats.
In order to foster and facilitate the implementation of the Plan of Action, the participants at the Bonn meeting agreed to form an International Task Force. The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is working on an arrangement with BirdLife International and its Partnership to outsource the coordination of the International Task Force.
Funding for implementation of the Plan of Action will be provided by members of the International Task Force, as feasible, or will be raised from donor governments and organizations