Target: Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary of UNEP/CMS Secretariat
Goal: Praise the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) for setting up an initiative to protect Asia’s migratory mammals
The Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, a UN environmental program, has officially created an initiate to protect migrating mammals in central Asia. The Central Asia Migratory Mammal Initiative will strive to protect the wildlife in this region from varying factors that have resulted in population declines.
Central Asia is a large expanse of grassland, natural desert, and mountain bluffs. Migratory mammals roam long distances throughout the year to escape the long, cold winters and the hot, dry summers of the region. The new initiative seeks to protect 15 mammal species including the Mongolia gazelle, Saiga antelope, Tibetan gazelle, Tibetan antelope, and Argali sheep. The Saiga antelope is especially in need of protection. It has seen a 95 percent decrease in population over the last 20 years due to poaching. Conservation efforts have resulted in an increase in Saiga antelope but this new initiative will truly allow this species to thrive.
The threats toward these animals are mostly from poaching and linear development such as railroads, pipelines, fences, and roads. This kind of infrastructure creates barriers for migrating animals, limiting their precious habitat. This protection effort is a big moment for animal conservation. The initiative will not only protect the animals but also the land, which is known to have great deposits of oil, gas, metals, and coal. By signing this petition, you are thanking the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals for their incredible initiative to save, protect, and preserve the animals and land of Central Asia.
Dear Secretary Chambers,
I would like to thank you and the rest of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals for the outstanding initiative to protect central Asia’s migratory mammals. Thanks to the Central Asia Migratory Mammal Initiative, 15 species will be protected.
As you know, linear infrastructure, poaching, and overgrazing has caused a decline in migratory mammals in the region. Without a vast and expansive habitat, the Mongolia gazelle or Tibetan antelope would not be able to thrive or survive the long, cold winters or hot, dry summers.
This area of the world is a special place to preserve. Through this welcome initiative, we will learn to live in harmony with the earth’s incredible wildlife. Thank you for your efforts to save the diverse land and wildlife of Central Asia.
[Your Name Here]
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