In addition, the WSC secretariat has launched an action plan for the Central Asian Airway, one of the world`s main routes for migratory birds, as well as an action plan for the conservation and restoration of Sahelo-Saharan antelopes, while initiatives are underway to develop agreements or memoranda of understanding on birds of prey, migratory sharks and aquatic mammals of West Africa. COP-5: At its fifth meeting (April 1997, Geneva, Switzerland), the COP took over 21 species listed in Appendix I and 22 species in Appendix II and adopted a resolution identifying the Little Tower Falcon, the Andean Flamingo, the Puna Flamingo, the Little White Goose and the Mountain Gorilla as species of concerted action. It also adopted resolutions on guidelines for the harmonisation of future agreements and on financial and administrative conditions. Recommendations were adopted for cooperative actions for certain species listed in Appendix II, including Sahelo-Saharan antelopes, African elephants, houbara and large traps and sea turtles. Five other states have signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the conservation of sea turtles on the Atlantic coast of Africa. COP-7: At its seventh meeting (September 2002, Bonn, Germany), the COP discussed amendments to the Annexes, measures to improve the conservation status of species listed in Appendices I and II, as well as institutional, financial and administrative arrangements. Delegates also discussed the implementation of the Current Agreements of the Convention and the evolution of future agreements. An agreement has been signed between the Federal Government and the WSC Secretariat, which formally defines Bonn as the seat of the Secretariat. The meeting added 20 species to Appendix I and 21 to Appendix II, while fins, seichalots and sperm whales as well as the white shark were on both. The Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, also known as the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) or Bonn, is an international convention aimed at preserving migratory species in their migration zones. The agreement was signed under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme and covers the conservation of wild animals and habitats on a global scale. AFRICA-EURASIAN WATERBIRD AGREEMENT: The Agreement on the Conservation of African and Eurasian Migratory Birds (AEWA) is the largest agreement under the CMS. It provides for coordinated and concerted action by grazing states of hundreds of bird species that are ecologically dependent on the wetlands of Africa and Eurasia, including the Middle East, Greenland and parts of Asia and Canada, throughout their migration system. It ended in June 1995 and entered into force on 1 November 1999. There are now 61 parties. The WSC acts as a framework convention and encourages its States Parties to conclude global or regional agreements. Article V of the Convention defines what agreements concluded under its auspices should include. These agreements are generally legally binding contracts to “return or maintain the migratory species concerned in a favourable conservation status”. .
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