Wildlife & Biodiversity

Javadekar hints at key decisions on central Asian migratory bird flyway

Conservation decisions on vultures, Great Indian Bustards to be also taken at the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals 13th Conference of Parties in Gandhinagar

By Ishan Kukreti
Published: Monday 10 February 2020
Amur Falcon. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Major policy decisions will be taken by the Centre on the Central Asian flyway of migratory birds, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar said on February 10, 2020 in Delhi.

The minister spoke at a curtain raiser for the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) 13th Conference of Parties (CoP) to be held in Gandhinagar from February 17-22. 

“Of the nine migratory bird flyways, the central Asian flyway goes from India. The Amur falcon migrates from China, comes to Nagaland and then goes to Somalia using this flyway. At the CoP, we will have some discussions to conserve this flyway,” he said. 

Representatives from 130 member nations will arrive to discuss strategies and actions for the conservation of migratory species for the CoP.  

The minister talked about the conservation efforts for vultures and the Great Indian Bustard. The CoP will involve further discussions on improving these efforts, he said. 

“This CoP is really important as migratory species affect everyone. CMS has conducted a study which has found that despite efforts to conserve migratory species, their populations are in decline. We need more actions,” Amy Fraenkel, the acting executive secretary of CMS, said. 

Most of India’s neighbours like China, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and the countries of Southeast Asia are not members of the Convention. This can impact the working of the convention. 

“Many countries are joining the convention. Bhutan and Nepal are going to join. We have to come together to conserve these migratory species,” Javadekar told Down to Earth

As an environmental treaty of the United Nations, CMS provides a global platform for the conservation and sustainable use of migratory animals and their habitats.

It brings together the states through which migratory animals pass as well as the range states, and lays the legal foundation for internationally coordinated conservation measures throughout a migratory range.

As the only global convention specialising in the conservation of migratory species, their habitats and migration routes, CMS complements and co-operates with a number of other international organisations, non-profits and partners in the media as well as in the corporate sector.

Migratory species threatened with extinction are listed on Appendix I of the Convention. CMS Parties strive towards strictly protecting these animals, conserving or restoring the places where they live, mitigating obstacles to migration and controlling other factors that might endanger them.

Besides establishing obligations for each state joining the Convention, CMS promotes concerted action among the range states of many of these species.

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