Countries that participated in this year’s largest wildlife summit in Manila have united and endorsed actions on the conservation of a wide range of migratory species, many of which are near-extinct.
Bradnee Chambers, executive secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), said, “An intensive week of negotiations has resulted in a stronger commitment by countries to step up their efforts to conserve the planet’s migratory wildlife.”
He said the conference, which adopted a resolution known as the Manila Declaration, “helped to convey the message that the future of migratory wildlife is integral to our own future and that we all have the responsibility to act.”
It should be noted that the Caspian seal is included on both CMS appendices. It is the only marine mammal found in the world’s largest inland sea, where its migration is prompted by ice formation and foraging.