Convention on Migratory Species and United Arab Emirates Celebrate Unique Decade-Long Partnership

The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are celebrating a decade of conservation achievements in the country and abroad.

Established on 12 October 2009, CMS Office - Abu Dhabi, is hosted by Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), and serves as the only regional hub for the Convention outside its headquarters in Bonn, Germany.

The office is home to two CMS international agreements — the Dugong MOU and the Raptors MOU – and has successfully led a number of initiatives to protect dugongs, migratory birds of prey and other threatened migratory species. The scope of the work has been varied: developing specific scientific tools to better study endangered animals, supporting grassroots initiatives in least developed countries, and facilitating adoption of strategic species protection policies at high-level international fora.

The milestones of the partnership were celebrated today at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi, attended by a number of UAE and foreign dignitaries.

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