Last week the UN Conference on the Protection of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (also known as the Bonn Convention) took place in Gandhinagar, India. On behalf of OceanCare, I participated together with my colleagues Fabienne McLellan and Maximin Djondo.
Today, I would like to share the most important achievements with you:
Three shark species have been assigned a higher conservation status: oceanic white-tip shark, smooth hammerhead shark and tope shark.
Maximin Djondo, our consultant from Benin, succeeded in convincing West African countries to join forces against the poaching of aquatic animals for “Aquatic Wildmeat”. An action plan is now being developed.
The conference called on countries to improve protection of the following species: sperm whales in the eastern tropical Pacific, humpback whales in the Arabian Sea, Irrawaddy and Ganges river dolphins.
As you can see, ambitious decisions have been taken in many areas. Now they need to be implemented. Unfortunately, conservation plans haveoften failed in the past because they were not put into practice. This must change!
The work in international bodies requires good arguments and stamina. Thank you for giving us your support. I can assure you that OceanCare will continue to work on the protection of marine animals and their habitats.
Co-Director International Relations
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