December 21st 2011 - A new Partnership Agreement between HSI Australia (Humane Society
International Australia) and the CMS Secretariat was signed on 15
November 2011 in Bonn. By doing so, CMS has expanded its cooperation
with this partner with a view to jointly pursuing shared targets.
HSI Australia is part of an international
organization working to protect wildlife on a global scale. It provides
support and advice on policy development and trade issues as well as
promoting local capacity building and community education.
CMS Executive Secretary Elizabeth Maruma Mrema
had this to say while signing the Agreement: “CMS and HSI Australia
pursue common goals in the conservation and sustainable use of
migratory species. This requires enhanced and concerted actions on
different levels involving all actors.”
HSI Australia has been active in supporting the
conservation of marine species such as cetaceans, sharks, sea turtles
and dugongs which are covered by CMS instruments such as Memoranda of
Understanding (MoU). It has been engaged with the Agreement on
Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) from the very beginning with a view to
reducing bycatch resulting from longline fisheries operations. HSI
Australia is also engaged with the Shark MoU. With respect to gorillas,
HSI Australia being a partner of the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) is particularly interested in wildlife crime and law enforcement issues.
HSI Australia has a special emphasis on
biodiversity policy and implementation to protect habitats critical to
the survival of many endangered species. Climate change mitigation and
the protection of carbon sinks such as rainforests, wetlands and areas
of high biodiversity value is another focus of their activities. The
organization has been attending international wildlife meetings to fight
threats to marine species, including the last two Conferences of the
Parties to CMS.
The new Partnership Agreement establishes a
framework for cooperation on developing and implementing CMS
Agreements, Memoranda of Understanding and action plans. HSI Australia
will support this endeavour by providing scientific information and
share relevant data.
In addition, both parties may develop a Joint Work
Plan with specific activities of mutual interest. CMS and HSI Australia
confirm that seabirds, sharks, marine turtles, dugongs and gorillas
are of mutual interest but cooperation would not be limited to these
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