Creation of the Working Group
The Ninth Meeting of the Conference of
the Parties to CMS (COP9) passed two resolutions calling
for a review to develop appropriate conservation frameworks/agreements
for migratory species to be undertaken during the inter-sessional
period to COP10. Resolution
9.2 states that the COP “decides to establish
an open-ended working group on global bird flyways within
the framework of the Scientific Council to act as a think
tank on flyways and frameworks, and tasked with reviewing
scientific and technical issues for conservation of migratory
birds and their habitats (e.g. UNEP/CMS/Conf.9.27
Future Flyways Policy), and relevant international
instruments, initiatives and processes, as the basis for
future CMS policy on flyways and contributing to the work
on the future shape of CMS”.
The reviews should focus on flyways of
the following species groups: waterbirds, seabirds and land
birds (including passerines, raptors, grassland and forest
- Review scientific/technical knowledge of migratory bird
flyways and conservation priorities, and identify major
- Review existing administrative/management instruments
for migratory bird flyways globally; and
- Propose policy options for flyway conservation/management
to feed into the Intersessional Process Regarding the
Future Shape of CMS.
Period of Operation
The Flyways Working Group was set up in late 2009 with
actvities to be undertaken in the intersessional period
between COP9 and COP10 (2009-11).
for a list of the Working Group's members.
for documents from the Working Group's meeting in Edinburgh