South & Central America & The Caribbean

Migrating monarchs are ‘buffer’ than the rest

New research traces the evolutionary origins of monarchs to North America, instead of South America as was previously hypothesized, and identifies a gene related to the butterfly’s distinctive oran

08 October 2014

World wildlife populations halved in 40 years - report

The global loss of species is even worse than previously thought, the London Zoological Society (ZSL) says in its new Living Planet Index.

30 September 2014

2014/026: High Level Ministerial Panel

The UNEP/CMS Secretariat is pleased to inform you that additional information regarding the High Level Ministerial Panel to be held on 3 November at the COP venue has been made available here inclu

26 September 2014

Penguins in urgent need of protection

Some of them are small, cute and superficially cuddly, although they smell alarmingly of fish. Others are tall, stately and beautiful, although also generally offensive to human noses.

20 August 2014

COP11 Agenda Discussed during the Preparatory Workshop in Chile

The UNEP/CMS Secretariat, in conjunction with the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, successfully completed the preparatory workshop for the 11th Conference of the Parties to CMS (COP 11) in Santiago, Chile from 11-13 August 2014.

20 August 2014

Temas relacionados con la COP 11 discutidos en el taller preparatorio en Chile

La Secretaría del PNUMA/CMS, conjuntamente con la Dirección de Medio Ambiente y Asuntos Marítimos del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Chile, concluyó con éxito el Taller preparatorio para la 11ª Conferencia de las Partes de la CMS (COP 11) en Santiago, Chile entre el 11-13 de agosto 2014.

19 August 2014

Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for Latin America in Preparation for CMS COP11

The CMS Secretariat, in cooperation with the Government of Chile, will host a Regional Preparatory and Negotiations Workshop on 11-13 August in Santiago, Chile. The primary objective is to introduce the important issues of COP 11 to National Focal Points (NFPs) from the Latin American region.

07 August 2014

Declining Warbler, 300+ Other Birds to Benefit from Ecuador Land Protection

Washington, D.C., August 6, 2014) The Cerulean Warbler—one of the Americas’ fastest-declining migratory birds—now has more protected wintering habitat in Ecuador, thanks to a cooperative effort by

06 August 2014

Bolivian golden bat revealed as 'new species'

A golden bat from Bolivia has been described as a new species by scientists  Myotis midastactus had previously been classified as another bat found in South America called Myotis simus

04 August 2014

Logo of 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties Released

Four months prior to the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP11), the Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS) presents the logo of this UN wildlife conference, which will take place in Quito, Ecuador, from 4 to 9 November 2015.

29 July 2014