On 16 July 2008 the Brazilian National Congress promulgated a national decree "Decreto Legislativo No. 187" that completed the process for Brazil to ratify its signature of ACAP on 19 June 2001 and become a Party to the Agreement.
This action followed approval of joining ACAP by the Chamber of Representatives on 5 June and ratification of the decision by the Senate on 10 July.
Brazil's waters are visited by 43 albatross and petrel species, including globally threatened species listed within ACAP such as the Tristan Albatross Diomedea dabbenena and the Spectacled Petrel Procellaria conspicillata, both restricted as breeding species to the South Atlantic Ocean. The Brazilian National Plan of Action for the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels may be found in Portuguese at http://www.projetoalbatroz.org.br/arquivos/planacap/planacapPortugues.pdf and at http://www.projetoalbatroz.org.br/arquivos/planacap/planacapIngles.pdf in English.
Brazil will become the 12th Party to ACAP three months after it has submitted its Instrument of Ratification with the Depository Authority in Canberrra, Australia.
News from John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, with the help of Tatiana Neves, Coordinator, Projeto Albatroz. Posted 24 July 2008.