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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

A Conference in Lebanon Highlights the Need to Regulate Hunting of Migratory Birds

Lebanon is a country of extraordinary importance for migratory birds since it lies at the heart of the Rift Valley-Red Sea Flyway on the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea. Every year thousands of birds migrate across Lebanon during the autumn season towards their wintering grounds in Africa and return in the spring time to their breeding areas in Eurasia. These birds are mainly waterbirds, raptors and songbirds. Among them there are several globally threatened species such as the Dalmatian Pelican, Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Egyptian Vulture, Pallid Harrier and Lesser Kestrel. Great numbers of White Storks and Lesser-spotted Eagles also overfly Lebanon during their migration.

09 March 2017

CMS Working Group for the Prevention of Poisoning of Migratory Birds Establishes a New Strategy and Activities until 2020

Two important avian-related meetings took place back to back in Toledo, Spain, in February 2017: the OverarchingWorkshop to develop a Multi-species Action Plan to Conserve African-Eurasian Vultures (Vulture MsAP)and the 2nd Meeting of the Preventing Poisoning of Migratory Birds Working Group (PPWG). Both meetings were organized by the Spanish Ornithological Society (SEO), the BirdLife International partner organization in Spain, and generously supported by the Regional Government of Castilla-La Mancha.

06 March 2017

World Wildlife Day - Listen to the Young Voices

Every 3 March World Wildlife Day is celebrated around the globe to commemorate the day on which CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) was signed. World Wildlife Day aims to raise awareness about the importance of conserving the planet’s animals. This will be the fourth year that this day is celebrated and it is hoped that with the support of international community it will continue to grow. It is vitally important to protect wildlife from the dire consequences of climate change, pollution, habitat loss, illegal trade, and poaching.

03 March 2017

World Migratory Bird Day 2017 Website Launched!


Bonn, 2 March 2017 – The 2017 World Migratory Bird Day website is now live, the registration of events is open!

02 March 2017

COP12 Logo Launched in Philippines Senate

The official logo for the 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties to CMS was officially launched today (2:00 pm Manila time) at a ceremony held in the Senate of the Republic of the Philippines. The Conference (CO12) will take place in Manila from 23 to 27 October with the theme: “Their Future is Our Future: Sustainable Development for Wildlife and People”, linking the efforts undertaken under CMS to protect endangered migratory wildlife to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed by world governments in an historic summit held in September 2015.

28 February 2017

Vulture Conservation Plan Reviewed and Elaborated at International Workshop

An overarching workshop to develop a Multi-species Action Plan to Conserve African-Eurasian Vultures (Vulture MsAP) took place from 16 to 19 February in the historic city of Toledo, Spain, at the kind invitation of the Spanish Regional Government of Castilla-La Mancha.

23 February 2017

25 Years ASCOBANS: The Outreach and Education Award

Raising awareness and engaging the public is an important aspect of nature conservation. People protect what they care about, and to care, some knowledge is necessary. People power also drives action by governments and the private sector. It is the same for ASCOBANS. Institutions and people throughout the Agreement Area play an important role in spreading the word about threats and dangers to marine mammals, and ways in which each person can help.

22 February 2017

CMS Councillor Hogan Leads Mekong River Project

Dr Zeb Hogan, the host of the National Geographic TV Show “Monster Fish” and COP-appointed CMS Scientific Councilllor for fish, is leading a new project, the Wonders of the Mekong

21 February 2017

Vulture MsAP: Regional Workshop in the Middle East to Develop Conservation Strategies for Improving the Population Status of Old World Vultures

The fourth of a series of regional workshops to develop a Multi-species Action Plan to Conserve African-Eurasian Vultures (Vulture MsAP) took place from 6 to 9 February in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The workshop was held as a part of the 18th Sharjah International Conservation Forum for Arabian Biodiversity (SICFAB), at the generous invitation of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) of Sharjah.

12 February 2017