Tunisia Engages in Raptor Conservation under the Convention on Migratory Species

Tunis, 27 May 2013– Tunisia today signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU) under the auspices of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). The signing ceremony took place immediately after the opening of the CMS Technical Workshop on Minimising Poisoning of Migratory Birds, which is being held this week in Tunis.

The Raptors MOU was signed by Dr Khaled Zahzah, Assistant Director of Hunting and National Parks at the Head Office of Forests, on behalf of the Government of Tunisia on Monday.

Tunisia is located along one of the major avian flyways in North Africa. More than 250 species of migratory birds have been recorded in the country, including 30 different birds of prey listed in the CMS Raptors MOU. Two of these, the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) and the Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus), are classified as endangered species.

Cap Bon is a spectacular peninsula in the northeast of the country that is an internationally recognized bottleneck for migratory raptors. Tens of thousands of these birds pass over the area every year, particularly in Springtime on their journeys to breeding areas further North, primarily in Europe. Large flocks of Black Kites (Milvus migrans), Honey Buzzards (Pernis apivorus), Red-footed Falcons (Falco vespertinus) make the sea crossing to Sicily.

Tunisia is the 43rd Signatory to the Raptors MOU. The instrument will become effective for the country on 1 June 2013.

See attached press release for more information. 

Last updated on 04 January 2016

Habitat loss and degradation
Falco cherrug
Falco vespertinus
Milvus migrans
Neophron percnopterus
Pernis apivorus
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