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Konferenz statementNicolas Entrup, Konsulent von OceanCare und NRDC, brachte heute im Rahmen der ACCOBAMS Vertragsstaatenkonferenz anlässlich der Diskussion über die Bedrohung des Cuvier-Schnabelwals folgendes Statement ein:

 

 

 

Mr. Chair,

speaking on behalf of NRDC and OceanCare I would like to commend the hard work of the Scientific Committee in developing a very sound recommendation to improve the protection of Cuvier’s beaked whales from intense noise sources. We should recall that the Parties asked for this work, through their instructions in the Work Programm for the last triennium.

While we understand – to a certain extent – the difficulties some Parties might have with some aspects of the recommended actions –  as well as the implicit need for further research and work to provide new and additional information especially relating to critical habitat for this vulnerable species – we should remind ourselves that there is an urgent need to act – to not to lose opportunity to adopt concrete measures and act on a decision to protect this species in the agreement area. In this respect we strongly welcome the Spanish government’s initiative to sponsor the proposal listing the Cuvier beaked whale of the Med.Sea in Appendix I at the next CMS COP.

Mr. Chair, yesterday we heard what the status is of the available science about the impact of anthropogenic noise on beaked whales as well as other marine species – this information is worrying. We are sure that no one in this room disagrees we have an obligation and a need to act.

After hard work within the drafting group and now not going into detail about the levels of disagreement, we believe the following should be put on the record:

-) the reason the work by the SC was commenced was because of lethal events involving this species in the Agreement area.
-) the Science today provides even more worrying information about the level of impacts by anthropogenic noise, including impacts at the population level
-) noting that in many regions in the world, e.g. the US and Australia, the practice and transparency of environmental impact assessments, as well as proactive engagement in best environmental practice, is much more advanced than in the Agreement area, one could say that we lag years behind – although that shouldn’t be the case!

The information is available to us to act – indeed, the proof to act is upon us.

As a wise man said the other day, “NATURE is not negotiable” and time is not to be wasted.

Thank you