Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea Accedes to Conservation of Migratory Species

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) recently welcomed the Republic of Equatorial Guinea (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial) as a member of CMS. Equatorial Guinea will be the 114th Party to the Convention starting August 1, 2010.

Equatorial Guinea has a rich environment with a variety of precious wild animal species and bio-geographical regions. The country possesses a high degree of biological diversity, complex vegetation zones, and water sources, making the country a natural fit for CMS, whose mission is to conserve terrestrial, marine and avian migratory species.

As part of its effort to conserve these species and their habitats, Equatorial Guinea is a member of several relevant treaties and conventions, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the International Tropical Timber Organization. It is also an active member of the Inter-African Association of Forest Industries (Association IFIA).

Equatorial Guinea is looking forward to working with the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals and furthering the country's preservation and conservation efforts.