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Scientists Confirm Cause of Saiga Mass Mortality Event in Central Asia

In May 2015, the world witnessed the unprecedented death of over 200,000 Saiga Antelopes in Kazakhstan. The mortality hit more than 80 per cent of the population in the Betpak-Dala region of the Central Asian country. Pasteurella multocida bacteria caused the catastrophic decline which left 200,000 animals of the Critically Endangered species dead. This corresponds to a 62 per cent crash in the global population within just three weeks.

17 January 2018

Deputy Executive Secretary, Bert Lenten, Retires

After a long and distinguished career in the CMS Family, Lambertus “Bert” Lenten, the Deputy Executive Secretary of CMS has retired. Bert’s connection to CMS started when he was appointed interim Executive Secretary of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) in January 1996. Based in the Division for International Nature Conservation of the Directorate for Nature with the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture Nature and Fisheries in The Hague, Bert organized the first Meeting of the Parties, which took place at Somerset West, near Cape Town in 1999.

12 January 2018

2018: A New World Migratory Bird Day

On 26 October 2017 on the sidelines of the CMS COP12 in Manila, Environment for the Americas (EFTA), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), announced an innovative partnership to boost awareness of the plight of migratory birds around the world. The new partnership formally unites two of the world’s largest bird education campaigns, International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) and World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) in a bid to strengthen recognition and appreciation of migratory birds and highlight the urgent need for their conservation.

27 December 2017

TRACKS Puzzles Revealed: The Inflight Magazine for CMS COP12

As reported on this website on 9 October 2017 and as delegates to the CMS COP12 in Manila will know, the CMS Secretariat worked with “Territory”, a professional and experienced design team from Hamburg, to produce “TRACKS”, a special publication in the format of an airline inflight magazine. An extended 102-page electronic version was also produced as published on the CMS website on 24 October.

22 December 2017

Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation into the Energy Sector

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held the 21st meeting of its Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) on 11-14 December 2017. One of the main agenda items discussed was how to mainstream ¬biodiversity conservation into the sectors of energy and mining, infrastructure, manufacturing and processing industry, and health. Members of the CMS Energy Task Force were present, and held a side event to share guidance, lessons learned and recommendations for integrating biodiversity considerations into renewable energy and powerline developments.

19 December 2017

Flyway Project to Reinforce Egyptian Vulture Populations in the Balkans

Institutions and organizations from 14 countries in the Balkans, Middle East and Africa have come together under a flyway conservation project for the Egyptian Vulture. The aim to reinforce the easternmost Egyptian Vulture populations in Europe by implementing urgent conservation measures to address major known threats at the breeding grounds and along the flyway.

18 December 2017

Addition of Three Species Proposed by Mongolia to the Appendices of CMS

The CMS Secretariat is pleased to announce the addition of Przewalski’s Horse, Gobi Bear, and Steppe Eagle, all proposed by Mongolia, to the CMS Appendices at COP12. Przewalski’s Horses were last seen in 1969 in the wild near Mongolian border in Trans-Altai Gobi. The population is currently estimated to consist of more than 50 mature individuals free-living in the wild for the past seven years.

12 December 2017

Cross-regional Wildlife Conservation in Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean

In the margins of the third session of the United Nations Environment Assembly being held in Nairobi this week, a signing ceremony took place setting the seal on a multi-million-Euro project bringing together three United Nations agencies – the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) and CMS.

06 December 2017

UNEA 3 - Towards a Pollution-free Planet

The third session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA3) is taking place in Nairobi from 4 to 6 December with the theme “Towards a Pollution-free Planet”.

04 December 2017

Bosnia and Herzegovina – CMS Party No. 126

CMS is pleased to welcome Bosnia and Herzegovina as the 126th Party to the Convention with effect from today. Bosnia and Herzegovina is situated in the Balkan Peninsula with borders to Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro and a coastline of 20 km on the Adriatic. The central and eastern parts of the country are mountainous, the north-west is hilly while the north-east is generally flat. Most of the country has a continental climate but in the far south it is more Mediterranean.

01 December 2017