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2nd Meeting of the CMS Scientific Council Sessional Committee

The Second Meeting of the Sessional Committee of the CMS Scientific Council will be held at the UN Premises in Bonn from 10 to 13 July. The agenda of the meeting will be dominated by consideration of documents in advance of the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties, being held in Manila in October.

14 July 2017

A Single Earth: Migratory Animals Connect the Planet

Migratory animals move across space and time; with their regular and predictable movements, they connect continents, countries, sites and habitats. Connectivity is the keyword of CMS, the only global legal instrument devoted to the conservation of migratory animals. Understanding connectivity allows us to understand what sites and habitats animals need during their migratory journeys and annual cycle.

10 July 2017

Pre-COP Regional Workshops

Bonn, 4 July 2017– the CMS Secretariat is holding a series of regional preparatory workshops in the run-up to COP12.  The first is taking place in La Paz, Bolivia from 18 to 20 Jul

04 July 2017

World Heritage Committee Meets in Cracow: Hope for the Yellow Sea

The 41st session of the World Heritage Committee is taking place in Cracow, Poland from 2 to 12 July 2017. Like every year, the representatives from 21 States Parties to the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage will identify, based on nominations submitted by States Parties, cultural and natural properties that need to be protected and decide which of those will be added to the World Heritage List.

03 July 2017

Two International Treaties Join Forces to Address the Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Wild Birds

The illegal killing, taking and trade of birds (IKB) is still of great concern globally, as some bird populations continue declining rapidly. Political commitment is key to making progress in addressing this problem and international cooperation can help. This is the reason why CMS joined forces with the Bern Convention to convene a joint meeting in Sliema, Malta on 22 and 23 June.

30 June 2017

World Environment Day 2017 Connects People to Nature

Today we celebrate World Environment Day (WED). A day that is supposed to remind us of how important nature is to all of us. Every year since 1974, the UN has organized this special celebration with a different host country and a different theme. This year Canada is presenting WED under the theme of “Connecting People to Nature”. Through this slogan WED “invites us to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend on it. It challenges us to find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish this vital relationship.”

02 June 2017

Submission of National Reports 2017 Reaches a Record High

The CMS Secretariat is pleased to announce that with a total of 90 reports, the highest number ever recorded have been submitted. Of all reports received, 29 came from Africa, 12 were sent from Asia, 34 were submitted from European countries, 9 from the region of Latin America and the Caribbean, and 6 from Oceania. Special attention will be paid to the submissions from Afghanistan, Brazil, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cook Islands, Fiji, Malta, Samoa, Rwanda and Zimbabwe, which were all reporting for the first time.

01 June 2017

Global Experts Fly In To Save Asia’s Biggest Bird

Great Bustard experts from across the globe met in Ulaanbaatar from 24 to 30 May to plan the conservation of the Great Bustard in Asia. The Great Bustard is the heaviest bird capable of flight and in Asia are even rarer than snow leopards. The conference hosted experts from nine countries, including China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, the United Kingdom and the USA, and included contributions from Iran and Turkmenistan.

01 June 2017

Energy Task Force Side Event: Reconciling Energy Developments with Migratory Species Conservation

Members of the Energy Task Force, including the CMS and AEWA Secretariats, BirdLife International, and the German Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) joined forces at the UNFCCC Bonn Climate Change Conference to raise awareness of the importance of reconciling migratory species conservation with the deployment of renewable energy and power lines globally.

23 May 2017

Sustainability and Tourism - How Can They Fit together?

Today we celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity. This year CBD and its partners want to highlight the interdependence between biodiversity and sustainable tourism. When most people think about tourism, they often think of organized tours or crowded beaches. However, tourism can also contribute to creating a sustainable future.

22 May 2017