The ACAP Status and Trends Working Group conducted a successful meeting in Hermanus, South Africa on 17 August, preparatory to the Fourth Meeting of the Advisory Committee. The group’s meeting was attended by members and observers coming from eight Parties and two range states, as well as representatives of two conservation NGOs.
The current status of ACAP’s 26 listed species of albatrosses and petrels was reviewed, noting that four species are currently categorized as Critically Endangered, five as Endangered, 10 species as Vulnerable, and seven as Near Threatened, according to World Conservation Union criteria. Species assessments prepared by Secretariat staff were presented to the group, and progress with their production reported. The assessments will be placed on the ACAP web site when they are finalized.
Valuable discussion then followed, focusing on processes for identification of priorities for conservation action, both at regional and at international scales.
The Working Group’s report will be considered at the Fourth Advisory Committee, to be held in Somerset West, South Africa from 22-25 August 2008.
Information from Rosemary Gales, Convenor, ACAP Status and Trends Working Group, posted 18 August 2008