Target 8: The conservation status of all migratory species, especially threatened species, has considerably improved throughout their range.


See separate Indicator Factsheets document.


►    The MoU concerning the conservation of the Manatee and small cetaceans of Western Africa and Macaronesia: Action Plan for the conservation of small cetaceans of Western Africa and Macaronesia (WAAM MoU) includes:

Objective 5 - Research and Monitoring:


• Standardised data collection form.

• Mechanism for reporting and recording of opportunistic data.

• List of priority topics and areas for research agreed.

• Species guides developed or adapted and disseminated.

• Regular contact, e.g. by means of an email discussion group, among scientists and agencies involved in small cetacean conservation and other relevant issues.

• Non-lethal research on abundance etc. carried out concerning small cetacean species targeted in subsistence hunting and live capture.

• Relevant cetacean datasets identified, national databases established and metadata accessible. 

• Online regional sighting database established and operational.

• Knowledge of distribution and species inventories for Range States improved in quality and by addition of further species.

• Number of cruises to estimate abundance of small cetacean species completed.

• Species information and ID kit assembled and distributed.

• Incorporation of small cetacean expertise to conduct sightings and research activities in cruises dedicated to other purposes (e.g. rapid ecological assessments).

• Increased reporting level for small cetaceans from opportunistic sightings.

• At least one remote sensing device deployed in the region for at least six months.