Talks aim for cross-border protection of birds of prey
Some 51 per cent of African-Eurasian migratory raptor species have an "unfavourable" conservation status.
John O'Sullivan, of Birdlife International, a global alliance of conservation organisations, said: "We have recently heard about the sad case of the golden eagle being poisoned in Scotland, but birds of prey face additional problems trying to settle in networks of suitable habitats along their migration paths. We know little about the status of raptors in Africa, and in Asia species are poorly understood." The main threats to the birds, Mr O'Sullivan said, were habitat loss, illegal hunting, power lines, and wind farm initiatives.
October 23, 2007
by Martyn McLaughlin
in The Scotsman
A PLAN to safeguard migrating birds of prey took its first steps yesterday with the start of talks aiming to agree an international protocol.
Though much work has been done in Europe in recent years to protect migrant raptors, the population and welfare of the birds across large swathes of Africa and Asia remain unclear.
Now, delegates from across the world have gathered in Scotland in the first move towards a global plan to tighten up legislation across nations and protect the birds' habitats. The initiative would run for five years and cost around £1.1 million.
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