Delegation from Turkmenistan visit the CMS and AEWA Secretariats


Bonn, 6 August 2009 – A
delegation from Turkmenistan met CMS Acting Executive Secretary
Elizabeth
Mrema
and Information and Capacity-building
Officer Francisco Rilla in the CMS Secretariat in Bonn.
Francisco Rilla explained the benefits and obligations resulting
from a membership of CMS to Tezegur Japarowa and Viktoria
Kim, who both work for the Ministry of Nature Protection
in Turkmenistan.

Turkmenistan plays a crucial role in Central
Asian wildlife conservation strategies. Its many different
kinds of ecosystems offer a variety of habitats for animals.
Numerous migratory species found in Turkmenistan are listed
under Appendices I and II of the Convention. Three important
MoUs for Central Asia have already been signed by Turkmenistan:
the MoU concerning Conservation Measures for the Siberian
Crane, the MoU concerning Conservation and Restoration of
the Bukhara Deer and the MoU concerning Conservation, Restoration
and Sustainable Use of the Saiga Antelope.

To promote the membership of Turkmenistan
to AEWA, Florian Keil (Information Officer) and Nina Mikander
(Coordinator for the Lesser White-fronted Goose) from the
AEWA Secretariat gave an overview of the benefits of joining
AEWA and provided the guests with information on the 92
waterbird species protected under AEWA which occur in Turkmenistan,
underlying the importance of Turkmenistan for many of these
species, including the Critically Endangered Slender-billed
Curlew (Numenius tenuirostris) and Sociable Lapwing
(Vanellus gregarius).

Turkmenistan is located at the crossroads
of several migration routes (the Black Sea-Mediterranean,
West Asian-East African, and Central Asian-South Asian flyways)
and Turkmenistan is a Range State to a large number of Single
Species Action Plans (SSAP) developed under AEWA, such as
the International Action Plan for the Conservation of the
Lesser White-fronted Goose (Western Palearctic population).

Two further participants at the meeting
were Oliver Schall from the Federal Ministry for the Environment,
Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and Angelina
Heidrich from the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation
(BfN). They both encouraged Turkmenistan to join CMS and
AEWA.

Last updated on 16 June 2014

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