In 2011, the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CMS (COP10) passed Resolution 10.26 - Minimizing the Risk of Poisoning to Migratory Birds. It called on Parties to the Convention, non-Party Range States and other stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations, to engage in co-operative activities to address poisoning of migratory birds and for the establishment of a Working Group under the Scientific Council.
As requested by Resolution 10.26 on Minimizing the Risk of Poisoning to Migratory Birds a Working Group was established under the Scientific Council to undertake a detailed assessment of the scope and severity of poisoning on migratory birds and how this varies geographically and across taxa. To undertake this task a Coordinator of the Working Group was hired in January 2013, thanks to a voluntary contribution of the United Kingdom and a contribution of the Interim Coordinating Unit of the UNEP/CMS Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU).
The COP decided that the Working Group should focus on:
The working group was requested to complete the preparation of a detailed recommendation to be brought forward for adoption at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties in 2014.
Intersessional work takes place electronically using the CMS online platform, the Scientific Council Workspace.