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Meeting of Signatories to the Dugong MOU
13th March 2017 - 14th March 2017
The Third Meeting of Signatories (MOS3) to the Dugong MOU will take place on 13–14 March 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) with generous financial support from Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) on behalf of the Government of the UAE. The meeting will be co-hosted by the Dugong MOU Secretariat, EAD, and the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.
The Dugong MOU is a legally non-binding instrument under the auspices of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) with 26 Signatories currently. With a range extending over 40 countries from East Africa to Vanuatu, dugongs play an important role in the culture and livelihood of many coastal communities, and their conservation benefits marine biodiversity. As such, effective conservation of dugongs and their seagrass habitats requires internationally coordinated policies and collaborative efforts by all the Range States involved. MOS3 is an opportunity for Signatory States, Range States, relevant intergovernmental organisations, and non-governmental and private sector agencies to come together to promote cooperation efforts for the ongoing conservation of dugongs and their seagrass habitats.
The meeting will review the implementation of the Dugong MOU and provide an overview of ongoing initiatives and the progression of dugong conservation projects during the three-year period since MOS2 was held (February 2013 in Manila, Philippines). One of the key issues will be for the Signatories to consider the need to review and update the Dugong MOU Conservation and Management Plan. Among the other topics to be discussed will be Standardised Dugong Catch and Incidental Catch Surveying, the Global Environment Facility Dugong & Seagrass Conservation Project, the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association Dugong Project and the E-Resource Kit. Overall, discussion will contribute to developing future policies and directions with a view to promoting effective and sustainable dugong and seagrass conservation and encouraging partners to make the most of the resources available to them.