ACCOBAMS is an intergovernmental agreement to reduce threats which endanger Cetaceans (a family of marine mammals which include whales, dolphins and porpoises) by improving understanding of these animals and implementing appropriate conservation measures.
The sixth meeting of the parties to ACCOBAMS was held in the presence of H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince, the Minister of State and many other key figures between Tuesday, the 22nd of November 2016 and the 25th of November.
In his speech, H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince stressed that “ACCOBAMS, a true ambassador for protecting the oceans and conserving migratory species, has, in its 20 years, served as an example for other areas of the world, such as the Red Sea, the African coasts, the Pacific and the Caribbean.”
Since ACCOBAMS was established, the Parties have adopted numerous resolutions covering a wide range of topics relevant to the conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean and the Atlantic. The Permanent Secretariat has established various types of scientific study and collaborative projects with other international organisations, in order to gain a better understanding of cetaceans and their environment.
H.E. Mr Serge Telle, Minister of State, H.E. Mr Xavier Sticker, President of the Agreement, and Ms Florence Descroix-Comanducci, the Executive Secretary of ACCOBAMS, signed an Amendment to the Headquarters Agreement, which outlines conditions for hosting the Permanent Secretariat in Monaco.