Government signs MoU on conservation of birds of prey
New Delhi, March 9, 2016: The Government has signed Raptor MoU - a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on conservation of birds of prey in Africa and Eurasia. The Raptor MoU extends its coverage to 76 species of birds of prey, out of which 46 species, including vultures, falcons, eagles, owls, hawks, kites, harriers, etc. also occur in India

The MoU has been signed on March 7, 2016 at the Convention on Migratory Species Office in Abu Dhabi by the Ambassador of India to the UAE T.P Seetharam. India has become the 56th signatory State to sign the Raptor MoU that was concluded on October 22, 2008 and came into effect on November 1, 2008. The Raptor MoU is an agreement under Article IV paragraph 4 of the Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species, and is not legally binding.

The Union Cabinet, at its meeting held on December 30, 2015, approved the proposal of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to sign the MoU on Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia, also called the Raptor MoU, with the Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species, or the Bonn Convention, under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme

The Bonn Convention aims to conserve migratory species throughout their range. India became a party to the Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species on November 1, 1983.

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