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The Cranes

Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan

Topic 2: Coordinating Efforts to Protect and Restore the Siberian Crane

In May 1995, the first meeting of the range countries of the Siberian Crane took place in Moscow under the auspices of the Secretariat of the Bonn Convention, in collaboration with the All-Russian Institute of Nature Conservation and ICF (Archibald 1995, UNEP/CMS 1995). Twenty-five representatives from eight range countries attended the meeting, which focused on the critically endangered Central and Western populations. At the meeting, delegates shared the latest information on the status of and threats to the populations, and agreed to a series of recommended actions to improve their chances of survival (UNEP/CMS 1995). The strategy agreed upon in Moscow contains five elements: (1) identifying unknown breeding, staging, and wintering areas; (2) enhancing the existing wild population; (3) establishment of additional protected areas; (4) education and awareness; and (5) research (including surveys to identify breeding, stopover, and wintering areas). The eight countries attending the meeting, as well as the UNEP/CMS Secretariat and ICF, committed themselves to specific actions within these five categories (UNEP/CMS 1995). The recommended actions and those presented in this action plan have been formulated in tandem, and provide the foundation for eventual development of a species-wide recovery plan.
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