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| Last Updated:: 10/02/2020

3 species from India among 10 to be on global endangered list







Ten endangered species of migratory animals/birds from across the globe, including three from India (Great Indian Bustard, Asian Elephant and Bengal Florican), will be included in a special global list for protection under the ‘Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species’ (CMS) — an international treaty to protect such species throughout their range countries. Different countries have submitted their proposals to a UN body which will decide on a range of issues affecting migratory species at a conference in Gandhinagar from February 15 to 22.





CMS listing makes member countries responsible to work towards protecting these animals/birds, conserving their habitats and controlling other factors that might endanger them. Currently, 173 species from across the globe are listed in CMS Appendix I, which deals with migratory species threatened with extinction. This triennial UN conference on conservation of migratory species of wild animals (COP13) will be opened by PM Narendra Modi, marking India’s commitment to tackle loss of biodiversity and protection of vulnerable species. India has been member of the convention since 1983.





“The imperative to act has never been more urgent — an estimated one million species (plant and animal) are threatened with extinction, including migratory species listed under CMS,” said Joyce Msuya, deputy executive director of UN Environment Programme. “This conference provides us with a key opportunity for collective action, for setting the pace commensurate with the scale of the problem. The CMS COP13 kicks off the ‘super year’ for biodiversity, when we all come together to change our relationship with nature, including through the adoption of a new global biodiversity framework (in Kunming, China, during 15th UN Biodiversity Conference in October),” she said.





Under threat: The Great Indian Bustard is one of the three on the list.




Source: The Times of India, 10 February 2020, Chennai.