Palau and Vanuatu have become the final two Pacific dugong range states to sign the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of Dugongs and their Habitats throughout their Range (UNEP/CMS Dugong MoU) at the opening of the first official meeting of signatory states to this MoU.
|Palau's Minister for Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism, the Hon. Harry R. Fritz singing the MoU in Abu Dhabi|
This now means that all members of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) that are dugong range states have signed this MoU, which is in line with the aim of the SPREP Regional Dugong Action Plan 2008. Action 8.2 in the plan is to “Encourage Pacific range states to sign the CMS MOU for the Conservation and Management of Dugongs and their Habitats”.
Palau’s Minister for Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism, the Honourable Harry R. Fritz, signed the MoU on behalf of Palau and Mr Vatu Molisa of the Vanuatu Department of Environment and Conservation signed the MoU on behalf of Vanuatu.
The CMS Dugong MoU Signatory Meeting is being held in Abu Dhabi, 4-6 October, 2010
For more details please contact SPREP’s Marine Species Officer Mr. Lui Bell at email@example.com
UNEP - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
CMS - The Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals