Campaigns

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)

WMBD 2014 Poster

WMBD 2014 Poster

10 May 2014 to 11 May 2014

Each year on the second weekend in May, dedicated organizations and people around the world plan events to mark World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) celebrating migratory birds and raising awareness about the need for their conservation. Since World Migratory Bird Day was launched in Kenya in 2006, events have been held in over 130 countries stimulating people and organizations to work together to conserve migratory birds worldwide.

Year of the Bat

01 January 2011 to 31 December 2012

The Year of the Bat was a two year long global species awareness initiative undertaken by The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and The Agreement on the Conservation of Populations of European Bats (EUROBATS).

Year of the Gorilla

01 January 2009 to 31 December 2009

The UNEP Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the UNEP/UNESCO Great Ape Survival Project (GRASP) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) joined forces to declare 2009 the Year of the Gorilla (YoG). This global campaign raised awareness and educated the public about gorillas and their threatened status, while at the same time raising funds for tangible on-the-ground conservation work. 

Year of the Dolphin

01 January 2007 to 31 December 2008

The UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), its specialized agreements on whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans), the Agree­ment on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Ceta­ceans of the Baltic and North Seas (ASCOBANS) together with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) de­clared 2007 the Year of the Dolphin.