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Plan of Action

The Plan fo Action is available here for download: Plan of Action to Address Bird Trapping Along the Mediterranean Coasts of Egypt and Libya

Development Process for the Plan of Action

On 29 November 2013, the Secretariat of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (UNEP/AEWA Secretariat) convened an emergency meeting at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany, specifically to address the trapping of birds on the Mediterranean coasts of Egypt and Libya. This was the first time a meeting of this type had been convened for this specific issue and it was sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the governments of Egypt, Libya and Germany, the Secretariats of AEWA, CMS and the CMS Raptors MOU, the chairpersons of the AEWA and CMS scientific and technical bodies and of the CMS Scientific Council Working Group on African-Eurasian Landbirds, BirdLife International and national NGOs from Egypt, Libya and Germany.

Nature Conservation Egypt - the Birdlife Partner in Egypt - had been commissioned by the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat to develop a draft Plan of Action, which was revised at the meeting. The Plan of Action was finalized and agreed in March 2014.

Implementation Mechanism and Funding for the Plan of Action

This Plan of Action is unique in nature, in that it combines regional goals and priorities, with national and local actions and deliverables. Furthermore, it will be implemented jointly by national governments and NGOs, in collaboration with international organizations and MEA Secretariats.

In order to foster and facilitate the implementation of the Plan of Action, the participants at the Bonn meeting agreed to form an International Task Force. The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is working on an arrangement with BirdLife International and its Partnership to outsource the coordination of the International Task Force.

Funding for implementation of the Plan of Action will be provided by members of the International Task Force, as feasible, or will be raised from donor governments and organizations.

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