In Depth – Conservation of Migratory Species


In Depth Discussion with K.Siddartha Sir on Conservation of Migratory Species

The 13th Conference of Parties to the Convention of Migratory Species and Wild Animals is currently underway in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Also referred to as COP13, the conference was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday via video conferencing. Conservation of Migratory Species, the inaugural day of COP13 also saw India officially taking over its Presidency for the next three years, till 2023. Representatives from 129 parties, eminent conservationists and international NGOs working in the field of wildlife conservation are participating in the Conference of Parties – the decision making organ of the Convention on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals or CMS. As an environmental treaty of the United Nations, CMS provides a global platform for the conservation and sustainable use of migratory animals and their habitats. In fact, it is the only convention that deals with taking or harvesting of species from the wild. On this edition of IN DEPTH, we analyse the importance of CMS for India… and the government’s commitment towards conservation of migratory species… We’ll also talk about the various initiatives listed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the conservation of wildlife and increase in forest cover in the country.

The Contracting Parties,

RECOGNIZING that wild animals in their innumerable forms are an irreplaceable part of the Earth’s natural system which must be conserved for the good of mankind;

AWARE that each generation of man holds the resources of the earth for future generations and has an obligation to ensure that this legacy is conserved and, where utilized, is used wisely;

CONSCIOUS of the ever-growing value of wild animals from environmental, ecological, genetic, scientific, aesthetic, recreational, cultural, educational, social and economic points of view;

CONCERNED particularly with those species of wild animals that migrate across or outside national jurisdictional boundaries;

RECOGNIZING that the States are and must be the protectors of the migratory species of wild animals that live within or pass through their national jurisdictional boundaries;

CONVINCED that conservation and effective management of migratory species of wild animals require the concerted action of all States within the national jurisdictional boundaries of which such species spend any part of their life cycle;

RECALLING Recommendation 32 of the Action Plan adopted by the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (Stockholm, 1972) and noted with satisfaction at the Twenty-seventh Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations,

Anchor – Teena Jha.

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