New treaty for protection of albatrosses and petrels

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Subject: New treaty for protection of albatrosses and petrels
From: "Jamie Harris" <>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2003 18:19:14 +1100
New treaty for protection of albatrosses and petrels
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, and
Minister for Trade, Mark Vaile (on behalf of the Minister for Foreign
Affairs), welcomed South Africa’s signing of the Agreement on the
Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels - an international agreement to
protect the world’s rarest seabirds. Australia is at the forefront in
conserving Southern Hemisphere albatrosses and petrels, signing the
Agreement in 2001. South Africa is the fifth country to become a Party, and
follows New Zealand in 2001 and Ecuador and Spain earlier this year. The
Agreement will enter into force on 1 February 2004. South Africa is home to
many populations of these seabirds, and is a world leader in research and
conservation initiatives crucial to these species. The Ministers praised
South Africa’s key role in negotiation of the Agreement.

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