Op-ed

CMS COP11: A Substantive Summary of Critical Outcomes

The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11), coinciding with the Convention's 35th anniversary of being signed, was a watershed in many respects.

18 December 2014

To Conserve Arctic Species – Take Action in Africa

So great are the contrasts between the frozen empty expanses of the far north and Africa’s baking deserts, steamy rain forests and savannahs that any direct connections between the two seem far-fetched - if they indeed exist at all. In fact, migratory birds provide an environmental tie linking the Arctic and Africa and are the reason why the UN Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) and the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council, have entered a commitment to cooperate.

05 December 2014

A Wildlife Awakening

The World Wildlife Fund’s recently published Living Planet Report 2014 brings some alarming news: wildlife numbers have halved over the last four decades.

04 November 2014

OPINION: Renewable Energies – a Double-Edged Sword

Two United Nations bodies appear to be on collision course over the development of renewable energy. Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species, explains that, while renewable energy has advantages, there are some pitfalls to be avoided.

25 October 2014

Man Bites Shark

Sharks have long been portrayed as man-eaters, a menace to any swimmer brave (or foolish) enough to share the water with them. But this perception could not be further from reality.

17 October 2014

Artenschutz: Wie Meeresmüll seltene Tierarten bedroht

Einige der fragilsten tropischen Paradiese der Erde werden durch die Nebenerscheinungen der Moderne verunstaltet: Kunststoff-Flaschen, Plastiktüten und im Meer entsorgte Fischereigeräte werden tonnenweise an den Stränden der Inseln angeschwemmt oder treiben vor ihren Küsten. Nur ein winziger Bruchteil des Mülls stammt allerdings von den Inseln selbst, sondern aus den großen Industrienationen. Der Rest stammt von Passagier- und Frachtschiffen und Fischtrawlern, deren Besatzungen die Meere oftmals als eine riesige Müllhalde nutzen.

18 June 2014

Climate Change Threatens the Wild Beauty of Small Islands

Dr. Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Environment Programme's Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, describes ahead of World Environment Day (5 June), how small island states are vulnerable to sea level rises and other effects of climate change.

03 June 2014

The Ugly Truth about Garbage and Island Biodiversity

This year’s International Day of Biological Diversity (May 22) focuses on islands. Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals discusses the impact of the growing problem of marine debris on islands’ wildlife and the economic and environmental consequences.

21 May 2014

Cutting-Edge Conservation

A small airplane makes its final approach to land. But there is no airport, no landing strip, nor even a pilot to guide it down. This is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle returning from its mission: not hunting down terrorists or spying on foreign lands, but monitoring populations of rhinos and scouting for tiger poachers.

07 May 2014

Climate Change May Affect Your Travel Plans – and Those of Millions of Animals

In this column, Dr. Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Environment Programme's Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, describes the effects that climate change-related extreme weather events will have on the travels plans of both people and animals.

10 April 2014