Working Groups

Working Groups are normally established either in a formal or informal manner in the context of the bodies (decision-making and subsidiary) of CMS and its instruments. Some of these Working Groups operate only during the meeting of these bodies while others have the mandate to work intersessionally to provide advice or recommendations. Depending on the nature of their mandate, Working Groups can be composed of Member States’ representatives or scientific experts within or without the technical bodies of these instruments.

A number of further Working Groups on various issues and species have been established under the Agreements and MOUs.

CMS Future Shape Working Group

An Intersessional Working Group has been established by the COP to consider the Future Shape of CMS. The Group is chaired by Switzerland. Australia is Vice-Chair.

Parties, non-Parties and organizations wishing to know more about the work of the group should contact the appropriate regional members.

The membership was elected at COP9 in Rome.

Future Shape Process - First Step

Draft of October 2009

CMS Strategic Plan Working Group

Creation of the Working Group

At the 10th meeting of the CMS Conference of the Parties (COP10) in Bergen it was decided in Resolution 10.5 to establish a Working Group to draft the new Migratory Species Strategic Plan for the period 2015-2023.  This work is being conducted inter-sessionally and a final draft strategy will be presented to CMS COP11 in late 2014.

Migratory Landbirds in the African-Eurasian Region

Creation of the Working Group

The Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CMS (COP10, 2011) passed Resolution 10.27 - Improving the Conservation Status of Migratory Landbirds in the African Eurasian Region. In this resolution the COP called upon Scientific Council and Secretariat to support this initiative, including through the establishment of a Working Group under the Scientific Council to steer the production and implementation of the Action Plan.

Minimizing the Risk of Poisoning to Migratory Birds

Creation of the Working Group

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.

Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds

In August 2005, concerns about the role of migratory birds as potential vectors of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) virus subtype H5N1 led the UNEP Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), in close cooperation with the Agreement on the Conservation of African Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), to establish a Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds.

Working Group on Climate Change

Creation of the Working Group

The Fifth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CMS (COP5, 1997) passed a recommendation calling for the establishment of a small working group to guide the Scientific Council’s decisions on climate change. Recommendation 5.5 provided the foundation for CMS’s climate change mandate, and was further developed by subsequent Resolutions 8.13, 9.7 and 10.19.