Proposals for Amendments of the CMS Appendices

Appendices I and II of the Convention may be amended at any meeting of the Conference of the Parties. Amendments consist of migratory species or their populations being added to or removed from the Appendices. Proposals for amendment can be submitted by any Contracting Party, in accordance with the procedure defined in Article XI of the Convention. The Conference of the Parties decides whether to accept or reject a proposal, taking into account the advice of the CMS Scientific Council. Resolution 11.33 provides guidelines for assessing proposals for the amendment of the Appendices.

Proposals for amendment of the Appendices have to be compiled according to a standard format. Through Resolution 1.5, the 1st Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP1) defined the format which has been in use up until COP11. Through Resolution 11.33, COP11 requested the CMS Scientific Council and the Secretariat to update Resolution 1.5 by developing a new template and guidelines for the drafting of listing proposals in line with the guidelines for the assessment of proposals for amendment, for adoption by the Standing Committee in time for its use for proposals to be submitted to the Conference of the Parties at its 12th Meeting. The new format for proposals to amend CMS Appendices was adopted by the Standing Committee at its 45th meeting. It can be downloaded through the link here below.

This page includes the final version of all proposals submitted to meetings of the Conference of the Parties since COP1, in descending chronological order. The same documents are available from the web pages of individual meetings of the CMS Conference of the Parties.


Notification 2016/037 Proposals to Amend the Appendices of CMS

Format for proposals to amend CMS Appendices EN

Modèle pour les propositions d'amendement des Annexes FR

Modelo de propuestas para enmendar los Apéndices ES

Document Number Title Publish date
COP3 II/16 Tucuxi - Sotalia fluviatilis
COP3 II/15 Franciscana (Dolphin) - Pontoporia blainvillei
COP3 II/13 Dall's Porpoise - Phocoenoides dalli
COP3 II/12 Harbour Porpoise - Phocoena phocoena (Black Sea population)
COP3 II/11 Harbour Porpoise - Phocoena phocoena (Western North Atlantic population)
COP3 II/10a Orca (or Killer Whale) - Orcinus orca (Eastern North Atlantic population)
COP3 II/10 Orca (or Killer Whale) - Orcinus orca (Eastern North Pacific population)
COP3 II/9 Irrawaddy Dolphin - Orcaella brevirostris
COP3 II/8 Finless Porpoise - Neophocaena phocaenoides
COP3 II/7 Narwhal (or Unicorn Whale) - Monodon monoceros
COP3 II/6 Peale's Dolphin - Lagenorhynchus australis
COP3 II/5 Amazon River Dolphin - Inia geoffrensis
COP3 II/4 Northern Bottlenose Whale - Hyperoodon ampullatus
COP3 II/3b Common Dolphin - Delphinus delphis (Western Mediterranean population)
COP3 II/3a Common Dolphin - Delphinus delphis (Black Sea population)
COP3 II/3 Common Dolphin - Delphinus delphis (eastern tropical Pacific population)
COP3 II/2 Heaviside's Dolphin - Cephalorhynchus heavisidii
COP3 II/14 Ganges River Dolphin - Platanista gangetica
COP3 II/23 Roseate Tern - Sterna dougallii
COP4 II/105 African Skimmer - Rynchops flavirostris
COP4 II/104 White-winged (Black) Tern - Chlidonias leucopterus (West Eurasian and African population)
COP4 II/103 Black Tern - Chlidonias niger noger
COP4 II/102 Whiskered Tern - Chlidonias hybridus ( spp hybridus (Western palearctic populations) and sclateri)
COP4 II/101 White-cheeked Tern - Sterna repressa
COP4 II/100 Damara Tern - Sterna balaenarum (now Sternula balaenarum)
COP4 II/99 Saunders's Tern - Sterna saundersi (now Saundersilarus saundersi)
COP4 II/97 Arctic Tern - Sterna paradisaea (Atlantic popuations)
COP4 II/96 Common Tern - Sterna hirundo hirundo
COP4 II/93 Great Crested (or Swift) Tern - Sterna bergii (now Thalasseus bergii) (African and Southwest Asian populations)
COP4 II/92 Royal Tern - Sterna maxima albidorsalis (now Thalaseus maximus albidorsalis)