Chim­panzees among 33 breeds se­lected for spe­cial pro­tec­tion

Iran Daily - - Cultural Heritage & Environment -

A Un-backed wildlife con­fer­ence held in the Philip­pines has voted for ad­di­tional pro­tec­tions for a list of 33 en­dan­gered species in­clud­ing chim­panzees, leop­ards and gi­raffes.

Whale sharks, the world’s largest fish, were also in­cluded on the list, BBC wrote.

The six-day Con­ven­tion of Mi­gra­tory Species (CMS) con­cluded on Satur­day, de­mand­ing bet­ter pro­tec­tions for species that cross coun­try bor­ders. The groups ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary said “ev­ery­body has to pitch in” to ef­forts.

“It has 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,” Brad­ney Cham­ber said.

Gov­ern­ments also made com­mit­ments to co­op­er­ate on re­duc­ing the neg­a­tive im­pacts of ma­rine de­bris, noise pol­lu­tion and cli­mate change on mi­gra­tory species.

More than 1,000 del­e­gates from 129 coun­tries de­bated species’ pro­tec­tion at the 12th con­fer­ence of its kind, backed by the United Na­tions En­vi­ron­ment Pro­gram.

China is still not part of the del­e­ga­tion, but or­ga­niz­ers said the coun­try had made some ad­vances on an­i­mal pro­tec­tion, such as com­mit­ting to shut-down the ivory trade and ban­ning the serv­ing of en­dan­gered species, such as shark fin soup, at govern­ment events.

The host, the Philip­pines, lob­bied for the in­clu­sion of whale sharks, which have be­come a tourist at­trac­tion for the na­tion. Three other shark breeds were also in­cluded in the list.

Ten species of vul­tures were also sin­gled out for spe­cial pro­tec­tion, along­side well-known African mam­mals deemed to be in dan­ger.

Gi­raffes are on de­cline on the con­ti­nent, with only 90,000 thought to be left in the wild.

Lesser-known species were also sin­gled out for pro­tec­tion — in­clud­ing the Gobi Bear found in the Gobi Desert in Mon­go­lia and China. Or­ga­niz­ers said only 45 of them re­main in the wild.

Ah­mad Hurra is not alone in wit­ness­ing ruth­less ur­ban­iza­tion in places that used to be the agri­cul­tural hubs of In­dia’s north­ern state, Jammu and Kashmir.

UMER ASIF/IPS

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