Objectives: To provide for the protection of threatened and endangered species of flora and fauna, and important natural habitats, in the Eastern African region.
Summary of provisions: The Parties agree to take all appropriate measures to protect the endangered species of flora and fauna listed in annexes land II to the Protocol against capture, killing, destruction of habitat, possession, and sale (arts. 3 and 4). They undertake to regulate the harvest and sale of threatened or depleted fauna species, listed in annex III, and protect critical habitats of breeding stocks of such species (art. 5). They are to co-ordinate efforts to protect migratory species, listed in annex IV (art. 6) and take measures to prevent the introduction of potentially harmful alien species (art. 7). As necessary, Parties are to establish protected areas to safeguard important ecosystems, including particularly those ecosystems that provide habitat for species of fauna and flora that are endangered, endemic, migratory, or economically important (art. 8), taking into account traditional activities of total populations (art. 11). Parties are to cooperate in developing guidelines for selection and management of such areas (arts. 9 and 10), and co-ordinating the establishment of protected areas to ensure adequate protection for frontier areas and creation of a representative network of protected areas in the region (arts. 13 and 16). Parties are also to take measures to ensure that the public is informed about protected areas, and has the opportunity to participate in protection efforts (arts. 14 and 15), and to encourage scientific research (art. 17). Finally, Parties are to provide the Convention secretariat with information about their activities under this Protocol and relevant scientific research, and cooperate in providing technical and management assistance to each other (arts. 18 and 19).
(Source: IUCN ELC, 08.2005, based on UNEP Register of International Treaties and Other Agreements in the Field of the Environment, 1996)