The establishment of a Scientific Council to provide advice on scientific matters is foreseen in Article VIII of the Convention. The Council makes recommendations to the Conference of the Parties on such issues as research on migratory species, specific conservation and management measures, the inclusion of migratory species in the Appendices and designation of species for Concerted or Cooperative Actions under the Convention. It also gives advice on projects' eligibility for funding under the Small Grants Programme of CMS.
Each Party is entitled to appoint a qualified expert as a member of the Scientific Council. Parties may also nominate an alternate Scientific Councillor, entitled to participate in meetings of the Council when the regular Councillor cannot attend. In addition to the members appointed by the individual Parties, the Conference of the Parties can appoint to the Council other experts to cover fields of particular interest to the Convention.
As at February 2014, the Council includes nine Conference-appointed members to cover the following taxa, geographic regions or threats: marine turtles; birds; aquatic mammals; fish; neo-tropical fauna; Asiatic fauna; African fauna; by-catch and climate change. At present, there are about 100 members of the Council.
There is no set frequency for Meetings of the Council, which can be convened by the Secretariat whenever it is considered necessary. In practice, the Council usually meets once before the Conference of the Parties and once intersessionally.
Reports of all meetings are available below.
|Title||Start date||Status||Country||CMS Instrument|
|18th Scientific Council Meeting||01.07.2014||Concluded||Germany||CMS|
|Scientific Council Strategic & Planning Meeting||08.10.2013||Concluded||Italy||CMS|
|17th Scientific Council Meeting||17.11.2011||Concluded||Norway||CMS|
|16th Scientific Council Meeting||28.06.2010||Concluded||Germany||CMS|
|CMS Scientific Council Activity Planning Meeting||13.06.2009||Concluded||Germany||CMS|
|15th Scientific Council Meeting||27.11.2008||Concluded||Italy||CMS|
|14th Scientific Council Meeting||14.03.2007||Concluded||Germany||CMS|
|13th Scientific Council Meeting||16.11.2005||Concluded||Kenya||CMS|
|12th Scientific Council Meeting||31.03.2004||Concluded||United Kingdom||CMS|
|11th Scientific Council Meeting||14.09.2002||Concluded||Germany||CMS|
|10th Scientific Council Meeting||02.05.2001||Concluded||United Kingdom||CMS|
|9th Scientific Council Meeting||04.11.1999||Concluded||South Africa||CMS|
|8th Scientific Council Meeting||03.06.1998||Concluded||Netherlands||CMS|
|7th Scientific Council Meeting||10.04.1997||Concluded||Switzerland||CMS|
|6th Scientific Council Meeting||01.11.1995||Concluded||Germany||CMS|
|5th Scientific Council Meeting||04.06.1994||Concluded||Kenya||CMS|
|4th Scientific Council Meeting||17.05.1993||Concluded||Germany||CMS|
|3rd Scientific Council Meeting||09.09.1991||Concluded||Switzerland||CMS|
|2nd Scientific Council Meeting||14.03.1991||Concluded||Germany||CMS|
|1st Scientific Council Meeting||11.10.1988||Concluded||Switzerland||CMS|