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Kuki Gallmann Shot and Wounded

Staff at the Secretariats of CMS and AEWA were deeply shocked to learn of the attack at the weekend on Kuki Gallmann, who was shot and severely wounded by armed intruders on her estate Ol ari Nyiro in Laikipia, Kenya. Ms Gallmann, a noted conservationist and author, whose autobiographical work “I Dreamed of Africa” was made into a film in 2000 starring Kim Basinger, was the first person to be appointed a “CMS Ambassador”.

24 April 2017

United Nations Association Launched CMS-UNA Essay Competition

The CMS Secretariat has recently launched an Essay Competition in cooperation with the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), a programme of the United Nations Foundation.

12 April 2017

Deadline for Submission of National Reports: 24 April

With COP12 less than six months away, deadlines are beginning to loom already, one such being 24 April, by which time National Reports should be submitted to the Secretariat.

07 April 2017

Filling in the Missing Link: AfriBiRds Programme to Monitor Migratory Birds

With spring in full swing, millions of birds have made the epic migration from their wintering grounds in Africa to their summer breeding areas in Northern Eurasia and Arctic regions. Songs have returned to the countryside but have you ever wondered what happens to the birds that do not return from their harrowing journey?

07 April 2017

Great Bustard Workshop “Cross-border Protection of the Great Bustard in Central Europe” Sets Milestones to 2018

An important international workshop on the cross-border protection of the Great Bustard (Otis tarda) in Central Europe took place in Illmitz, Austria from 8 to 10 March 2017.

18 March 2017

Clear Route Ahead for Protecting Africa’s Endangered Wild Ass

Twenty-five representatives of Range States, donors and experts met in Bonn 6-7 March to agree a “road map” to secure the conservation of the African Wild Ass (Equus africanus), which is categorized as Critically Endangered on the IUCN’s Red List.

17 March 2017

Public Consultation Exercise: 2nd Draft of a Multi-species Action Plan to Conserve African-Eurasian Vultures (Vulture MsAP)

The Coordinating Unit of the Raptors MOU, in collaboration with BirdLife International, Vulture Conservation Foundation and the IUCN Vulture Specialist Group, has today launched a month-long Public Consultation Exercise on the 2nd draft of a Multi-species Action Plan to Conserve African-Eurasian Vultures (Vulture MsAP).The consultation period runs until 16 April 2017.

16 March 2017

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia joins the international efforts to conserve threatened sharks and rays

Abu Dhabi, 13 March 2017- The CMS Secretariat is pleased to welcome the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia the 42nd Signatory to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation

13 March 2017

Saudi Arabia Pledges to Conserve Migratory Birds of Prey

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has today signed the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU), at a ceremony held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

13 March 2017

25 Years ASCOBANS: The Secretariat’s History

The ASCOBANS Secretariat acts as the coordinating body of the Agreement. It evolved from humble beginnings in Cambridge, UK, has moved location a number of times and is today located in Bonn, Germany.

10 March 2017