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Farewell to Douglas Hykle

Douglas Hykle, erstwhile Deputy Executive Secretary of CMS and more recently Coordinator of the Indian Ocean-South-East Asian Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (IOSEA) has retired after 27 years’ service with UNEP.

31 October 2016

1st Meeting of the AEWA White-headed Duck International Working Group Takes Place in Madrid

Key Range States from the AEWA populations of the White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala) as well as priority countries where the invasive Ruddy Duck occurs came together for the 1st Meeting of the AEWA White-headed Duck International Working Group from 24 to 26 October in Madrid, Spain. The main task tackled by the meeting was to start the revision of the CMS/AEWA International Single Species Action Plan for the White-headed Duck, which was originally adopted by the AEWA Meeting of the Parties as well as the CMS Scientific Council in 2005.

31 October 2016

Bonn Convention Joins UN-Day Celebrations

To mark the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the United Nations' presence in Bonn, the City celebrated UN Day on Saturday, 29 October on the market square.

31 October 2016

African Regional Workshop to Advance the Conservation of Old World Vultures

The first regional workshop to develop a Multi-species Action Plan to conserve African-Eurasian Vultures (Vulture MsAP) took place from 18 to 21 October in Dakar, Senegal. Government representatives, partners and stakeholders met to promote international cooperation in order to halt the recent rapid population declines of vultures - one of the most endangered groups of birds on Earth.

26 October 2016

Snow Leopard Day 2016

23 October 2016 was International Snow Leopard Day, which is dedicated to raising awareness for the plight of this iconic species. The Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) inhabits mountain terrains of twelve Range States in Central and South Asia. With between 4,500 and 6,000 animals remaining in the wild today, Snow Leopards are one of the most endangered big cats in the world.

19 October 2016

Pan-African Ornithological Congress - Promoting the Conservation of Birds in Africa

The 14th Pan-African Ornithological Congress (PAOC14) will take place in Dakar, Senegal from 16 to 21 October. The theme for this year’s Congress is ‘Global challenges: threats and opportunities for birds in Africa. Meeting every four years, the PAOC aims to advance research, promote the conservation of African birds and highlight the importance of birds and their relation to people.

17 October 2016

Monaco - Champion of Marine Species Conservation – the First Fruits

At the ceremony where the Migratory Species Champion Programme was launched on the eve of the CMS COP11 in Quito in 2014, the Government of the Principality of Monaco received the Champion award for its commitment to the conservation of marine species for the triennium 2015-2017.

14 October 2016

Range State Workshop for the European Eel

From 13 to 14 October 2016, CMS and the Sargasso Sea Commission co-organized the first Range State Workshop for the European Eel in Galway, Ireland. The meeting provided a unique opportunity for Range States to discuss the status of eel conservation and management, and to consider any additional instruments of international cooperation. Measures which were discussed included the extension of the management regimes developed in the EU to other Range States, mechanisms to support such activities, and, to the extent possible under current international law, the protection of the crucial spawning areas in the Sargasso Sea.

11 October 2016

CITES COP17 – Implications for CMS

The discussions at the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) which began on 24 September in Johannesburg are of great relevance to CMS. CMS and CITES are the two major species-based global Conventions. CMS and CITES have around 500 species in common. Of the 183 countries that are Party to CITES, 123 are also members of CMS.

23 September 2016

Good News for Reducing Poisoning Pressures on Scavengers and Waterbirds

The world’s largest conservation event – the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress has adopted an important motion to help make lead ammunition a poison of the past. Lead poisoning from ammunition sources is a long standing problem and it is known to contribute to population declines as well as creating extensive avoidable deaths and sickness amongst waterbirds and scavengers such as vultures.

13 September 2016