India signs int’l pact on migratory birds


India signed the Convention on Migratory Species, CMS, Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia, Raptors MoU, raising the number of signatories to 56.
The Raptors MoU was signed by T.P. Seetharam, Ambassador of India to the United Arab Emirates, at a signing ceremony held in the CMS Office, Abu Dhabi, attended by Dr. Sheikha Al Dhaheri, Executive Director, Terrestrial and Marine Biodiversity Sector, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, EAD, and Dr Salim Javed, Acting Director, Terrestrial Biodiversity, EAD.
The Raptors MoU is supported by a Coordinating Unit, funded and hosted since 2009 by EAD, on behalf of the Government of UAE
Over fifty species of migratory raptors listed in the Raptors MoU frequent India. For example, the north-eastern State of Nagaland represents an internationally important stop-over site for at least a million Amur Falcons annually.

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