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Rabat, Morocco: EFFC has signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding with the High Commission for Water, Forests and Fight Against Desertification (HCEFLCD) from the Moroccan Ministry of Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests.
Signed by Mohamed Endichi, Director of Fight Against Desertification and Nature Protection on behalf of HCEFLCD, and EFFC Chairman Jose Manuel Rodriguez Villa, the MoU establishes an agreement to work together on general conservation but more specifically on electrocution of raptors in Morocco.
The signing took place as part of a workshop held in Rabat on May 14-15 about the impact of electricity infrastructures in Moroccan’s birdlife organised in co-operation with IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation and HCEFLCD.
During the workshop, EFFC Conservation and Welfare Expert Dr Andrew Dixon gave a presentation on Electrocution of Raptors in Mongolia, and how falconers, as stakeholders, reacted to counteract the huge losses, particularly of Saker Falcons. He also outlined key data and ways to mitigate the problem.
Presentations were also given by HCEFLCD, Junta de Andalucia and other international and local NGOs, electricity companies, and interest groups.
While Morocco is outside of Europe, it is an important crossroads for migrating European birds of prey such the Imperial Eagle, Bonellis' Eagle and Honey Buzzard.
Some exciting news as EFFC sets off on its important mission - we are set to sign an MoU with authorities Morocco that will go a great way towards protecting wild raptors in that region. This is a great achievement to begin our endeavours with and is a welcome reward for the hard work that has been going on behind the scenes by our team.
Morocco is a key territory for migrating European raptors, but research by HCEFLCD, IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation and Junta de Andalucía has revealed that more and more electrocutions are occurring on poorly constructed power lines in the region. Fixing a problem on this scale involves co-operation at state level so it is with the utmost importance that we begin a process to make these power lines safe and ensure that there is minimal risk to raptor species perching on them.