Red Back Shrike caught on a limestick @ Mindy El Bashir, NCE
The Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds (IKB) are still of great concern globally, and some bird populations are declining rapidly. Even though IKB are happening in every part of the world, the Mediterranean is in need of special attention since the challenges in this area are particularly acute.
In 2014, the CMS 11th Conference of the Parties mandated the establishment of the Intergovernmental Task Force on Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds in the Mediterranean (MIKT). Since the attention given to IKB differed between the Range States, the need for a joint approach to tackle the problem in this region was urgent. The meetings of the MIKT are therefore an important platform where governments and international organizations can improve mutual cooperation and exchange experiences on this issue.
The first meeting of the MIKT took place in Cairo in 2016. During this meeting, the government representatives adopted the Cairo Declaration which highlighted, among other things, the need for social, economic and cultural approaches to the problem, and reaffirmed their zero tolerance towards IKB. The meeting also resulted in a Programme of Work (PoW) for 2016 to 2020 focused on three priority areas to address IKB in the Mediterranean: legal and enforcement aspects, conservation and monitoring and finally education and public awareness.
The second meeting of the MIKT took place in Sliema (Malta), on 22 and 23 June 2017. This was a joint meeting between the Bern Convention Network of Special Focal Points on Eradication of Illegal Killing, Trapping and Trade in Wild Birds (Bern SFPs Network) and MIKT.
The objective of this meeting, which counted with representation of 24 countries and 29 stakeholders was the exchange of best practices and facilitation of concerted actions of both networks to support each other in their fight against IKB. Country representatives reported on the advances made since the last meeting of MIKT and the Bern SFPs Network in 2016. One of the main achievements of this meeting has been the agreement on setting up a common benchmarking tool to monitor the countries’ progress in eradicating IKB. This tool is a “Scoreboard” that will compile the relevant information provided by the countries in order to evaluate and rank the progress made at national and regional level. The first step will be a self-assessment carried out by the national authorities in cooperation with relevant stakeholders. By enabling comparison and the exchange of best practice, this “Scoreboard” aims also to provide countries with a tool to identify the national deficiencies and eventually promote concerted action to address them. These assessments will take place periodically in 2018, 2020 and every three years thereafter within the geographical scope of the contracting parties of the Bern Convention and the MIKT.
The European Commission were recognized as Champion Plus for their generous support and commitment towards addressing Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds in the Mediterranean for the period 2015-2018. This activity has been funded with the contribution granted by the European Commission under the Migratory Species Champion Programme and through the Global Public Goods and Challenges (GPGC Programme) Cooperation Agreements with UNEP.
This activity has also been kindly sponsored by the Bern Convention and the Government of Malta.
* Please note that the same meeting and information documents can be found on the Council of Europe/Bern Convention website.
|UNEP/CMS/MIKT2/Doc.02||Draft Annotated Agenda and Meeting Schedule|
|UNEP/CMS/MIKT2/Doc.04||Compilation of national reports on progress related to the implementation of the MIKT Programme of Work (POW) 2016–2020 and the Bern Convention Tunis Action Plan (TAP) 2013–2020|
|UNEP/CMS/MIKT2/Doc.06||Scoreboard to assess the progress in combating illegal killing, taking and trade of wild birds (IKB)|
|UNEP/CMS/MIKT2/Doc.14||COP12 Document on Illegal Killing of Birds|
|T-PVS (2017) 10||Draft Recommendation on the establishment of a Scoreboard for measuring progress in combatting illegal killing, taking and trade of wild birds|
|1||Italy report on recent developments - Mr. Alessandro Andreotti|
|2||Tunisia report on recent developments - Mr. Tahri Jamel|
|3||UNODC work on wildlife and forest crime - Mr. Jorge Eduardo Rios|
|4||IKB Scoreboard - Mr. Umberto Gallo|
|5||Review of NGOs awareness & contribution to TAP - Mr. Nicolas Crampton|
|6||Recent development in Danube-Carpathian region - Ms. Lynn Schlingemann|
|7||Mobilizing support of falconers - Mr. Gary Timbrell|
|8||Biosphere Reserves and Global Geoparks, UNESCO tools - Mr. Miguel Clusener-Godt|
|UNEP/CMS/MIKT2/Inf.4.a||Programme of Work|
|UNEP/CMS/MIKT2/Inf.4.b||Report of the 1st Meeting MIKT1|
|T-PVS (2015) 4 E||Report of the 2nd Meeting of the Special Focal Points for IKB|
|T-PVS/Inf (2016) 8||Mid-term Review of the Implementation of the Tunis Action Plan 2020|
|T-PVS (2016) 15 E||Report of the 3rd Meeting of the Special Focal Point for IKB|
|T-PVS (2017) 5||Bern Convention National Focal Points for Illegal Killing, Trapping and Trade of Wild Birds|
|UNEP/CMS/MIKT2/Inf.7.a||Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit|
|UNEP/CMS/MIKT2/Inf.7.b||ICCWC Indicator Framework for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime|
|T-PVS/Inf (2017) 15||Analysis of the Responses to the questionnaire on the involvement of NGOs and civil society in assisting national authorities with the better implementation of the Tunis Action Plan 2013 – 2020|
|UNEP/CMS/MIKT2/Scoreboard.s||IKB Scoreboard (Spanish)|
|UNEP/CMS/MIKT2/Report||Report of the Joint meeting of the Bern SFPs Network and MIKT|