Strategic Plan for Migratory Species (2015-2023)

The 10th meeting of the CMS Conference of the Parties COP10 (Resolution 10.5) decided to develop a new Strategic Plan for the period 2015-2023 and, confirming the need for inter-sessional work on its elaboration, decided to set up a Working Group. This Working Group was established in early 2012 to start drafting a new Strategic Plan for Migratory Species for the period 2015-2023, to be presented to the 11th meeting of the CMS COP in late 2014.

In 2012, stakeholders’ initial views were gathered and background reports prepared on lessons learned from implementation of the current Strategic Plan 2006-2014, as well as ideas on the content of the future Plan.

The Working Group agreed at its first meeting that the future Plan will be drafted for migratory species in general, to focus on conservation issues – as a Strategic Plan for Migratory Species. It will therefore support the entire CMS Family as well as serve as a guiding framework for all of those working towards the conservation of migratory species. It will be based on the approach used in the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

The new Strategic Plan will provide a clear, common agenda for all to work to - the vision, leadership and driving force for achievements for migratory species’ conservation!

All Parties and other stakeholders are highly encouraged to engage in this important exercise of preparing the Plan.

The latest draft of the Strategic Plan can be accessed here.


For questions about the above process, you can contact Anne Sutton at the CMS Secretariat. She will be able to answer your queries or direct you to the appropriate Secretariat staff or Working Group member.

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