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Wadden Sea Day – Celebrating a World Heritage Site Important to Migratory Birds

To mark Wadden Sea Day 2016 a special event was held on 25 August 2016, focusing on the great importance of the area as a staging post for the millions of birds that seek food and shelter there during their migration along the East Atlantic Flyway. So vital is the Wadden Sea to the survival of migratory birds that when it was placed on the World Heritage List in 2009 (extended in 2014), UNESCO called upon the Wadden Sea States to strengthen their cooperation with other countries on the African-Eurasian Flyways.

26 August 2016

Key Environment Body Meets in Bonn

The Liaison Group of Biodiversity-related Conventions (BLG), the body that brings together the top officials of seven international treaties dealing with the conservation of the planet’s fauna and flora, held its eleventh regular meeting in Bonn on 23 August 2016. The meeting had a full agenda as 2016 is a particularly busy year in the international environment calendar, with the World Conservation Congress organized by the IUCN taking place in early September in Hawaii, followed by the Meetings of the Conference of Parties (COP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Johannesburg later that same month and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP in Cancún, Mexico in December.

23 August 2016

Hooked: Bycatch Threatens Species around the Globe

Bycatch is the single largest threat to many marine species across the world. To help prevent bycatch, during the 8th Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans in the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS), a Draft Resolution addressing the Monitoring and Mitigation of Small Cetacean Bycatch will be discussed.

23 August 2016

Between the Turbines: Consider the Marine Species Affected by Ocean Energy

The ocean harbours immense potential as a source of renewable energy, but accessing that energy can be damaging to marine species and their habitats.

16 August 2016

Cetaceans under Fire: Resolution to Address Threats from Underwater Munitions

Small cetaceans living in European waters – and many other parts of the world – share their home with a legacy from the past: tens of thousands of tonnes of munitions s

09 August 2016

Loud and Too Clear: Underwater Noise Harms Marine Animals

Underwater noise generated by human activity affects a wide variety of species, from crustaceans to cetaceans. At the upcoming 8th Meeting of the Parties to

02 August 2016

Iraq Becomes CMS Party No. 124

CMS welcomes the Republic of Iraq as the 124th Party to the Convention with effect from today. Iraq, a state located in Western Asia, mainly characterized by desert and the important rivers - the Euphrates and Tigris-is the latest Party to have joined CMS. Iraq is an important Range State for 161 migratory species listed under both Appendix I and II of the Convention. CMS warmly welcomes Iraq’s accession.

01 August 2016

CMS Family Attends International Bat Research Conference

The 17th International Bat Research Conference was being held in Durban, South Africa from 31 July to 5 August 2016. The conference provided a platform for scientific exchange between bat researchers. On this occasion, the CMS Family was represented by EUROBATS. Rodrigo Medellín, the CMS COP-Appointed Councillor for Neotropical Fauna and bat expert participated as well.

01 August 2016

In Memoriam - Hans Lukas “Luc” Hoffmann

The ornithological world has lost one of its most inspiring benefactors with the death on 21 July of Hans Lukas “Luc” Hoffmann, the renowned conservationist and philanthropist, who has passed away at the age of 93 in his beloved Camargue.

27 July 2016

PCBs: Phased Out in the 1980s, Still Threatening Dolphins and Porpoises in 2016

Contamination from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) endangers the health and survival of many cetacean populations.

26 July 2016