Raptor MoU for conservation of migratory birds of prey has been approved by Union Cabinet [ Current Affairs ]


To sign Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia has been approved by the Union Cabinet. According to the Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) this MoU is also called as the ‘Raptor MoU’.

India has become the 54th signatory to the MoU after signing it.

About Raptor MoU

  • Under Article IV paragraph 4 of the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) it has settled and is not legally binding on signatory parties.
  • For working for conservation of the raptor species and their habitats the MoU seeks willingness of the signatory states.
  • Up to 76 species of birds the Raptors MoU extends its coverage has been extended of prey out and an action plan has been formulated that envisages the conservation action for Raptor species.
  • 46 species occur in India from total 76 species of birds that fall in Raptor MoU including vultures, falcons, eagles, owls, hawks, kites, harriers, etc.

Benefits of singing ‘Raptor MoU’

  • It will be very helpful to India for get knowledge in effectively managing the habitats of to 76 species of birds under ambit of it.
  • It will also give confirmation to the provisions of Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 wherein the birds have been accorded protection in India.

Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS)

  • The main aims to conserve migratory species throughout their range under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) by CMS.
  • Since 1st November 1983, India had had become a party to the CMS.
  • Pakistan and Nepal are the Indian neighbors by signatories to this MoU.

- Published on: January 1, 2016