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Egyptian Vulture  © Sergey Dereliev,

UNEA Side Event Highlights Link Between Healthy Vultures and Healthy People

“Healthy vultures, healthy people” is the title of a Green Room Event on vultures convened by BirdLife International on 25 May at 15.00 hrs in the margins of the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) taking place from 23 to 27 May in Nairobi.

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Wind farm in the UK © Robert Vagg, UNEP/CMS

UNEA Event Spotlights Wildlife-friendly Energy Deployment

The CMS Family and BirdLife International joined forces at the Second Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) to raise awareness of guidelines devised to ensure that renewable energy installations are deployed in ways that have no adverse impact on migratory species such as birds and bats.

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United Arab Emirates Has Joined CMS!

The CMS Family is very pleased to welcome the United Arab Emirates as the 123rd Party to the Convention, with effect from 1 May 2016.

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Bradnee Chambers (left) addresses the Brazilian Senate

Executive Secretary in Brazil – Addressing Senate and World Environmental Law Congress

CMS Executive Secretary, Bradnee Chambers, has just completed a busy visit to Brazil, a country which became the 122nd Party to CMS in October last year.

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Albatross © Projeto Tamar Brazil/Marine Photobank

Exploring Synergies for Addressing Bycatch throughout the CMS Family

On Friday and Saturday, 22-23 April 2016, the CMS Family got together for an internal workshop to exchange experiences with addressing what is considered the greatest threat to the marine mammals, sea turtles, fish and seabirds that our treaties and Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) were set up to conserve.

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H.E. Mr. T.P. Seetharam (center), Ambassador of India to the United Arab Emirates, at a signing ceremony held in the CMS Office - Abu Dhabi, with Dr. Shaikha Al Dhaheri (right), Executive Director, Terrestrial & Marine Biodiversity Sector, Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, and Mr. Nick P. Williams (left), Head of the Coordinating Unit of the Raptors MoU. Photo courtesy of Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi.

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.

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World Migratory Bird Day 2016

Every year more than 25 million of migratory birds are illegally killed or taken across the Mediterranean. They are shot or caught with nets and other indiscriminate traps.

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Children carrying river catfish Tonlé Sap - © Zeb Hogan

World Fish Migration Day 2016: Connecting Fish, Rivers and People!

World Fish Migration Day is being celebrated on 21 May for the second time, with the theme “Connecting Fish, Rivers and People”. Over 1,500 organizations are involved and events are taking place in more than 400 different localities around the world to mark the day and to highlight the importance of healthy rivers.

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Elephants (Loxodonta africana) at waterhole, Etoscha National Park, Namibia © Peter Prokosch

Opinion: The Fates of Vultures and Elephants Go Hand in Hand

World Wildlife Day, being celebrated on March 3 for the third time – this year under the slogan ‘The Future of Wildlife is in our hands’ – is focusing on the plight of African and Asian elephants, which are being slaughtered in their thousands for their tusks to supply the ivory trade.

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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”.

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Huacarpay Ramsar Site © Juan Carlos Atienza

Actions to Protect Andean Flamingos Agreed in Cuzco

On 26-27 April 2016 the First Meeting of Signatories of the High Andean Flamingos MOU took place in Cuzco (Peru). The meeting was attended by representatives of Bolivia, Chile and Peru, which are the three signatories of the MOU, and a number of observers including the Ramsar Convention Secretariat.

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Oryx being released at Ouadi Rimé Achim Reserve © Ayman Khalil

Encouraging News from the Sahara

Roseline Beudels-Jamar de Bolsée , the CMS Scientific Councillor from Belgium, who has been involved from the very beginning in the Convention’s efforts to conserve Sahelo-Saharan antelopes, has informed the Secretariat of some long overdue positive developments concerning the Scimitar-horned Oryx.

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Trans-Mongolian Railway © Ralf Grunewald/BfN

Man-made Obstacles Cause Mongolian Gazelle Mass Die-off

More than 5,300 Mongolian gazelles died last winter along the Trans-Mongolian Railway in Mongolia. This was announced by a leading scientist of the Institute of Biology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences at the meeting of the Sessional Committee of the Scientific Council of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).

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Zeb Hogan with Giant Mekong Catfish © Suthek Kritsanavari

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.

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