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World Migratory Bird Day 2016 – Website Now Live

the website for the 2016 World Migratory Bird Day is now online and organizers are invited to register their events. The design of this year’s poster (see below) has also been finalized and print copies will be available along with other promotional materials such as postcards and stickers.

30 March 2016

In Memoriam – Mostafa Tolba, Former Executive Director of UNEP

CMS here reproduces a message issued yesterday by Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP following the death of Mostafa Tolba.

29 March 2016

Experts Discuss Nature Conservation in Former Soviet Republics

“Nature Conservation in the Countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia – Lessons learned from the transformation process and challenges for the future”

24 March 2016

Hal Whitehead Wins Mandy McMath ECS Conservation Award

At the recent European Cetacean Society Annual Meeting in Madeira, Portugal, the Mandy McMath ECS Conservation Award was presented to Professor Hal Whitehead of Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

22 March 2016

World Migratory Bird Day - Video Competition - Deadline Extended

WMBD trailer competition - deadline for receipt of entries extended to 3 April

15 March 2016

UN Secretary General Leads UN Bonn Anniversary Celebration

This year, the family of United Nations Organizations is celebrating its 20th anniversary in Bonn and yesterday two honoured guests - UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon and German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier - were welcomed to the World Conference Centre (WCCB) to participate in a panel discussion on “20 years of Bonn as a UN city – shaping a sustainable future in the light of volunteering”.

09 March 2016

Zeb Hogan’s Journey to the Largest Freshwater Fish

CMS Conference-Appointed Councillor for Fish and Assistant Research Professor at the University of Nevada-Reno, Dr. Zeb Hogan has spent the last 20 years studying the world’s freshwater ecosystems. He recently gave a presentation at TEDx event to highlight the ecological importance to large fish species in the Mekong river system and the need to save them from extinction.

08 March 2016

India Signs International Agreement to Conserve Migratory Birds of Prey

India has signed today the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) raising the number of signatories to 56.

07 March 2016

Their Future Is in Our Hands – World Wildlife Day 2016

3 March is World Wildlife Day, a date chosen because it marks the signing of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The theme for this year is “Their Future is in Our Hands” and CMS is organizing a series of events to celebrate the day, to complement other activities, including an International Elephant Film Festival in New York, where CITES Secretary-General, John Scanlon will highlight the plight of African and Asian elephants.

01 March 2016

Review of Lion Conservation Strategies

A report reviewing lion conservation strategies and prepared for the Convention on Migratory Species has just been published.

01 March 2016