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"Tracks" Now Available as Extended Online Version

Manila, 24 October 2017 - The extended, online version of the COP12 “inflight magazine”, TRACKS is now available on the CMS website.  It conta

24 October 2017

Giraffe Could Get First International Protection Measures at CMS

The giraffe may be given international protection under the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), which meets next week in Manila, the Philippines. Reaching up to six metres tall, Africa’s graceful giants are the world’s tallest animals and once roamed throughout the continent’s savannah regions in large herds. Today, giraffe live under threat in fragmented populations across sub-Saharan Africa. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), numbers have plunged by almost 40 per cent over the past 30 years.

24 October 2017

Action on Aquatic Wild Meat

Manila, 24 October 2017 - The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) is calling for global action on aquatic wild meat, which is fast becoming a conserv

24 October 2017

TERRA - a Pictorial Impression of Proposed CMS Species

In his status as UN Environment Global Goodwill Ambassador, Yann Arthus-Bertrand was invited by Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), to deliver the keynote speech on the opening day of COP12 in Manila, Philippines. Yann is also founder and President of the GoodPlanet Foundation. GoodPlanet has the mission to raise awareness and bring people to action on matters related to ecology and humanism. Consequently, Yann and GoodPlanet offered to edit a book showcasing the animals that CMS aims to protect: 35 new migratory species proposed to CMS Appendices I and II.

23 October 2017

Watch the CMS COP12 Press Conference

Local broadcast media and the national and international press were present in large numbers at the press conference held immediately after the conclusion of the opening session of CMS COP12.

23 October 2017

UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador Makes Impassioned Plea for Wildlife

On the opening day of the CMS COP, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador, was among the keynote speakers of the ceremony opening formal proceedings.
The celebrated film maker, journalist and environmental activist and founder of the GoodPlanet Foundation, pointed out that over his lifetime while the human population has increased threefold, wildlife numbers have fallen dramatically.

23 October 2017

The Risk of Renewables

Results from the first global scientific review of the impacts of wind farms on bird and bat populations could help guide the design and location of such facilities to reduce animal mortality from collisions. The study, published in September 2017, related collision rate to species-level traits and turbine characteristics to measure the potential vulnerability of 9,538 bird and 888 bat species globally.

13 October 2017

Promoting a Network Approach to Conservation

Migratory species rely on a network of interlinked habitats throughout their journeys, including for feeding, resting and breeding. But their dependence on multiple sites makes them particularly vulnerable: When one or more of these habitats is fragmented by a road or dam, for example, or destroyed by human activity, such as agriculture or mining, it can impact on the species’ long- term survival.

12 October 2017

The Climate Change Factor

Half of Canada’s wildlife species are in “serious and significant decline” according to a recent report by the World Wildlife Fund, which cites climate change as a key driver. The Living Planet Report Canada says: “Impacts are being felt across the country, from warmer and more acidic oceans to shifting seasons (and corresponding life-cycle events for wildlife species). Different species are feeling the effects in different ways. The most vulnerable species are long-lived, slow to reproduce, require specialized habitats and foods, and are unable to move in response.”

11 October 2017

TRACKS: The Inflight Magazine for CMS COP12

For the upcoming CMS Conference of the Parties (CMS COP12), the Joint Communications Team of the CMS and AEWA Secretariat decided to try to break new ground by producing a rather unconventional publication by abandoning the standard format for conference brochures. Considering the “air, land and sea miles” that some of the migratory species on the CMS Appendices clock up on their vast migrations every year, what would be more appropriate to emulate than an airline Inflight magazine?

09 October 2017