Advisory Committee

The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of the CMS Raptors MOU was established at the Second Meeting of Signatories to the Raptors MOU in October 2015. An interim TAG had worked since the First Meeting of Signatories that took place in December 2012.

The purpose of the TAG is to serve and assist the Signatories in the effective implementation of the Raptors MOU, including the Action Plan. The Coordinating Unit of the Raptors MOU will serve to receive and transmit requests from the Signatories for advice from the TAG. Members of the TAG serve in their capacity as specialist individuals rather than as representatives of Governments or organizations with which they also may be affiliated. Please refer to the full Terms of Reference for TAG.

Read more about the TAG's activities and achievements here.

The current composition of the TAG can be found in CMS Notification 2015/25. Meet the members of the TAG below and learn more about their interest in raptor conservation.


Prof. Des Thompson, Chair
Principal Adviser on Science and Biodiversity, NatureScot, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Rachel Carson, Joe Hickey, Derek Ratcliffe, Tom Cade and Ian Newton are conservation legends who secured a brighter future for raptors – and us.

Mr. Andre Botha, Vice Chair
Manager Birds of Prey Programme, Endangered Wildlife Trust Johannesburg, South Africa

"Raptors are charasmatic and live fascinating lives, many of them undertake long distance migrations and it is fantastic to be able to work with them"

Dr. Nyambayar Batbayar
Director, Wildlife Science and Conservation Center Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia


Dr. Neil Deacon
International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey; President, BirdLife Zimbabwe


Mr. Fernando Feás
International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey, Spain and South America


Dr. Salim Javed
Acting Director - Terrestrial Biodiversity, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

"Birds of prey are majestic and important indicators of the health of ecological systems."

Dr. Vicky Jones
Flyways Science Coordinator, BirdLife International, Cambridge, United Kingdom 


Dr. Suresh Kumar Ramani Kumar
Senior Scientist, Wildlife Institute of India Chandrabani, India


Dr. Vibhu Prakash
Principal Scientist, Bombay Natural History Society, India


Mr. Mátyás Prommer
Nature Conservation Referent, Department of Nature Conservation and Ecology Herman Ottó Institute Nonprofit Ltd. Budapest, Hungary


Dr. Lily-Arison René de Roland 
National Director, The Peregrine Fund Madagascar Project, Madagascar


Mr. Sadegh Sadeghi Zadegan
Executive Director, Ramsar Regional Centre in Central and West Asia Ramsar City, Iran 


Prof. Mohammed Shobrak
Professor, Taif University, Saudi Arabia 

"Vultures are an amazing group of species, they fascinate me."

Mr. Jean-Marc Thiollay
Former Research Director, CNRS and MNHN/French Ministry of Environment Rouilly Sacey, France

"I never miss a spring or autumn to monitor raptor migration."

Dr. Jari Valkama
Senior Curator, Finnish Museum of Natural History Helsinki, Finland


Dr. Munir Virani
Vice President and Global Director Conservation Strategy and External Affairs, The Peregrine Fund, United States             

TED Talk: Why I love Vultures




Titre Date de début Pays Instrument de la CMS
4th Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group to the Raptors MOU (TAG4) 13.12.2021 Oiseaux de Proie (Rapaces)
3rd Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group to the Raptors MOU (TAG3) 12.12.2018 Switzerland Oiseaux de Proie (Rapaces)
2nd Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group to the Raptors MOU (TAG2) 16.03.2015 United Arab Emirates Oiseaux de Proie (Rapaces)
1st Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group to the Raptors MOU (TAG1) 20.01.2014 United Kingdom Oiseaux de Proie (Rapaces)