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Addition of Three Species proposed by Mongolia to the Appendices of CMS

The CMS Secretariat is pleased to announce the addition of Przewalski’s Horse, Gobi Bear, and Steppe Eagle, all proposed by Mongolia, to the CMS Appendices at COP12. Przewalski’s Horses were last seen in 1969 in the wild near Mongolian border in Trans-Altai Gobi. The population is currently estimated to consist of more than 50 mature individuals free-living in the wild for the past seven years.

12 December 2017

Saving Snow Leopards from the Brink of Extinction

In the Hollywood blockbuster The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013), the adventurous photographer Sean O’Connell decides not to take a picture of a snow leopard because he wishes to appreciate the unique moment of spotting the elusive and beautiful ‘ghost cat’.
В голливудском блокбастере «Невероятная жизнь Уолтера Митти» (2013), фотограф Шон О'Коннелл решает не фотографировать снежного барса, потому что он хочет оценить уникальный момент обнаружения неуловимой и красивой «призрачной кошки».

06 February 2017

The Argali Sheep – Trophy Hunting as a Potential Conservation Measure?

At the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which took place from 24 September to 5 October in Johannesburg, South Africa, CMS hosted a side event on Argali sheep. The event - “Sustainable Use for Conservation – How CMS Can Provide a Complementary Tool to CITES” - focused on aspects of sustainable use of the Argali sheep with trophy hunting as a potential conservation measure.

14 November 2016

Snow Leopard Day 2016

23 October 2016 was International Snow Leopard Day, which is dedicated to raising awareness for the plight of this iconic species. The Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) inhabits mountain terrains of twelve Range States in Central and South Asia. With between 4,500 and 6,000 animals remaining in the wild today, Snow Leopards are one of the most endangered big cats in the world.

19 October 2016

Way Forward for Safeguarding Central Asian Migratory Mammals

Central Asian ecosystems, home to some of the most spectacular migrations of wild mammals in the world face increasing threats. Thirty experts active in Central Asia convened at the International Academy of Nature Conservation on Vilm Island in Germany to discuss how to advance their common goal of conserving Central Asian mammals and their habitats. The workshop was held on 22 to 26 August 2016 and focused on setting priorities for the implementation of the CMS Central Asian Mammals Initiative (CAMI).

30 August 2016

Strengthening Partnerships for Snow Leopard Protection

Government representatives and experts met in Berlin on 5 July 2016 to ensure the long-term survival of the snow leopard, one of the most endangered big cats in the world.

11 July 2016

New Study: Border Fences an Increasing Threat to Migratory Wildlife

Barriers to movement such as fences are among the main threats to the survival of large mammals in Central Asia. The region, sometimes referred to as “the Serengeti of the North”, is one of the world’s last hot spots for animal migrations

28 June 2016

CMS and ACBK raise awareness on migratory mammals at the mining forum “Minex Central Asia” in Astana

The 7th mining forum "MINEX Central Asia – 2016" was hosted in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana on 19-21 April 2016. For the first time the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), represented by Kazakhstan’s largest nature conservation NGO, the Association for the Conservation of the Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (ACBK), participated in a major event organized by the mining industry.

15 May 2016

Experts Discuss Nature Conservation in Former Soviet Republics

“Nature Conservation in the Countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia – Lessons learned from the transformation process and challenges for the future”

24 March 2016

Ulaanbaatar Action Plan: Another Step towards Wildlife-Friendly Infrastructure in Mongolia

Following the International Workshop on “Implementing Wildlife-friendly Measures in Infrastructure Planning and Design in Mongolia”, the Ulaanbaatar Action Plan on wildlife-friendly infrastructure, which was developed by participants during the workshop, has been finalized.

12 January 2016