Eleven endangered species of animals and birds (migratory) are to be included in the global list for protection under the ‘Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species’ (CMS). This includes four species of Asian Elephant, Jaguar, Great Indian Bustard and Bengal Florican from the Indian Subcontinent.
The other species that are to be included in the list are Urial, Little Bustard, Antipodean Albatross, Oceanic White Tip Shark Smooth Hammerhead Shark and Tope Shark . The Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species’ is an international treaty that is aimed at protecting such species.
The list of species to be included in the list has been provided by countries to the UN that would be discussed at the convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals to be held in Gandhinagar in Gujarat in India on February 15-22.
The member countries have to work for protecting these animals and birds once they are in the Conservation of Migratory Species listing. At present 173 species of animals and birds are listed in the Conservation of Migratory Species listing.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the convention on February 17. More than 1,200 delegates from about 110 countries will be present in the conference and take decisions with respect to conservation of migratory wildlife. As per Global Assessment report on Biodiversity and Eco System Services 2019, one million species are at risk of extinction.
The convention is based on the theme ‘Migratory species connect the planet and together we welcome them home’.