Continent's Environmental Secretaries and Minister
Sign Declaration of Intent
On May 17,
2005, Interior Secretary Gale Norton commemorated the 12th International
Migratory Bird Day by signing a declaration of intent with Canada and
to strengthen cooperation on bird conservation. Alberto Cardenas-Jimenez,
Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources, United Mexican States,
signed the Declaration on May 31st and Stéphane Dion, Minister
of the Department of the Environment of Canada, signed the Declaration
on June 22nd.
Partnerships among state, provincial, federal, and private organizations and individuals are working at all levels to protect, restore, and enhance habitats and broad landscapes for birds, but they need the help of additional partners and financial resources to succeed. The DOI is a means of increasing the profile and recognition of these partnerships so that they can garner additional resources to turn the tide for the many species that are losing ground in North America.
The Declaration formalizes the process for undertaking NABCI, a coalition of bird conservation organizations and initiatives striving to increase resources for regionally based, biologically driven, landscape-oriented partnerships and make them more effective by fostering integrated bird conservation, which is based on sound science, effective management, and efficient use of resources.
To read more
about the signing, visit http://www.fws.gov/ or http://news.fws.gov/NewsReleases/showNews.cfm?newsId=EC290B7D-65BF-03E7-2B9C3BCD1A41E504 to directly access the press release.