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Animal Conservation Secretariat for Capital.

Summary: ABU DHABI u Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) signed a Donor Agreement to establish a UNEP/Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Secretariat in Abu Dhabi.

Linkages to the parent CMS unit and UNEP will be assured and maintained under the deal.

EAD will host the Secretariat, at Al Mamoura building, for the three years.

The Agreement will be subject to renewal for a similar period.

Majid Al Mansouri, Secretary General of EAD and Elizabeth Mrema, CMS Officer-In-Charge, UNEP signed the agreement in a ceremony on Monday at EAD's Headquarters.

This agreement follows an offer by EAD to fund and host an out post office of the UNEP/CMS Secretariat, which look into the conservation and management of dugongs, CMS and migratory birds of prey in Africa and Eurasia. Aa

The two Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) were adopted in Abu Dhabi in October 2007 and Aa in October 2008. "This Donor Agreement will benefit us because it will help the government of Abu Dhabi exchange expertise with the scientists and experts at CMS," said Al Mansouri.

"Hosting this Secretariat in Abu Dhabi will also help us achieve our goals of securing bilateral, regional and international cooperation and coordination for the conservation and protection of dugongs, sea turtles and birds of prey. This Secretariat will also facilitate the exchange of information with other dugong, sea turtle and birds of prey range states," he added.

This Secretariat unit will function independently in its day-to-day operations. The meetings of the signatory states will determine the MoU policy.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Oct 16, 2009
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