Saker Falcon Global Action Plan (SakerGAP) Published on World Wildlife Day

World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the intrinsic value of wildlife and to the way in which it contributes to the social, economic and cultural aspects of human well-being. Migratory birds of prey are a critically important part of many ecosystems. As top-level predators they can act as sentinels to the health of the environment. In addition, throughout human history certain raptor species have been afforded special cultural significance for many reasons. For example, the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) is considered a heritage icon by rulers and peoples, particularly in the Gulf Region, for its prowess as a hunter in falconry.

03 March 2014

Capacity Building to Support the Conservation of Migratory Egyptian Vultures (Neophron percnopterus) from the Western Palearctic on their Wintering Grounds in Ethiopia, Sudan and Chad

The Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) is a migratory bird of prey classified as Globally Endangered by IUCN and listed in Category 1 of the CMS Raptors MoU. The species populations have been rapidly declining and especially in the Balkans where the numbers has decreased by over 80% in the last 30 years. The Eurasian population is migratory, spending the winter (from October to March) in Africa.

01 December 2014

Resolution 3 from the 6th World Conference on Birds of Prey and Owls, held in Budapest, Hungary, 18 - 23 May 2003

Resolution 3Budapest, 18 - 23 May 2003
RECALLING that the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals 1979 (CMS) encourages international cooperative action to conserve migratory species;
CONSIDERING that migratory raptors constitute an important part of the global biological diversity which, in keeping with the spirit of the Convention on Biological Diversity 1992 and Agenda 21, should be conserved for the benefit of present and future generations;
29 January 2020

Guidance for National Contact Points of the Raptors MoU


This Guidance has been developed to provide advice for current and future National Contact Points (NCPs) of the CMS Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU). The document sets out the function of NCPs, as well as providing information about the role of the Coordinating Unit of the Raptors MoU. 

13 April 2020

Guidelines for Preparing National or Regional Raptor Conservation and Management Strategies

Within the Framework of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) 
Strategic planning is a critical process for articulating a shared vision, and for building the partnerships that are necessary for disparate organizations to work together on common goals, especially at the international level. Effective planning is essential for moving collaborative programs forward and for gaining the required support from stakeholder groups for successful implementation.
30 January 2020

UK Raptor Study - Assessment of the merits of an Instrument under the Convention on Migratory Species covering Migratory Raptors in the African-Eurasian Region

Final Report with Draft MoU and Action Plan 
The cumulative evidence of national or regional declines of raptors, increasing pressures on their populations, and apparent failings in current conservation measures to redress the situation, led the VI World Conference on Birds of Prey and Owls (Budapest, May 2003) to adopt a resolution proposing the establishment of a new multilateral agreement for the conservation of African-Eurasian migratory raptors, under the auspices of the Bonn Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. 
31 March 2020

CMS Dugong MOU Standardised Catch and Bycatch Questionnaire

The Dugong MOU Secretariat provided funding to enable a partnership with the Marine Research Foundation and a team of global experts to develop and implement a Questionnaire which could be implemented at low cost across large geographical areas, and that generates standardised data sets. The Questionnaire was designed to collect data on dugongs, as well as marine turtles and cetaceans, and has resulted in a large data set of dugong numbers and distribution across a significant portion of the dugong’s geographic range.

17 December 2018

African Raptor DataBank: Capturing observations of African birds of prey

The African Raptor DataBank (ARDB) is an ambitious non-profit, citizen science project. It aims to inspire birdwatchers and other observers to submit information that will reveal the conservation status of raptors and their habitats throughout Africa. It will also help develop the local expertise needed to monitor these indicator species in the future and to implement sound strategies to safeguard them. The Coordinating Unit of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) has joined forces with ARDB to assist Signatories in Africa to better understand and conserve the raptor riches they hold.

19 June 2018