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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

The Wings of Love – WMBD Benefit Concert in Bologna

There was standing room only in the Cappella Farnese in Bologna’s medieval Palazzo d’Accursio for the fifth annual Benefit Concert held as part of the celebration of World Migratory Bird Day. The magnificent setting of the chapel with its 16th century frescos by Prospero Fontana was just the entrée in what proved to be a feast for the senses, as the Corale Lirica San Rocco enthralled an enthusiastic audience with a repertoire covering arias from Verdi’s Macbeth and Oberto Conte di San Bonifacio, Ponchielli’s La Gioconda and Donizetti’s Elisir d’Amore and Lucia di Lammermoor.

19 May 2017

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

Achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement requires scaling up of renewable energy whilst ensuring ecological integrity and biodiversity protection. Species conservation is one of the challenges. CMS has established a Multi-stakeholder Task Force on Reconciling Selected Energy Sector Developments with Migratory Species Conservation – the Energy Task Force - to address this issue internationally.

17 May 2017

New Report Recommends Actions Against Invasive Alien Species in the Arctic

The CAFF Secretariat (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna) has presented a strategy and action plan to prevent invasive species from entering the Arctic. Climate change and human activity increase the threat of invasive alien species to the Arctic. These species are a globally significant driver of biodiversity loss including migratory species and habitat degradation.

15 May 2017

CMS’s Heidi Frisch-Nwakanma Wins Mandy McMath Award

At the recent annual conference of the European Cetacean Society in Middelfart, Denmark, CMS staff member Heidrun Frisch-Nwakanma was honoured by being presented with the Mandy McMath ECS Conservation Award. The ECS Award, named after passionate Welsh conservationist Mandy McMath who passed away in 2012, is given for an outstanding contribution to the field of marine mammal conservation and/or welfare, with particular emphasis on contributions to environmental education and/or to conservation in practice.

09 May 2017

World Migratory Bird Day Concert in Bologna

The Corale Lirica San Rocco will be giving a benefit concert in Bologna on 13 May, as part of the annual celebrations of World Migratory Bird Day. The operatic choir, which gave a concert in Bonn the last four years, will now perform in its home city. The matinee will start at 11.00 hrs in the historical Cappella Farnese di Palazzo D’Accursio.

09 May 2017

Kuki Gallmann Shot and Wounded

Staff at the Secretariats of CMS and AEWA were deeply shocked to learn of the attack at the weekend on Kuki Gallmann, who was shot and severely wounded by armed intruders on her estate Ol ari Nyiro in Laikipia, Kenya. Ms Gallmann, a noted conservationist and author, whose autobiographical work “I Dreamed of Africa” was made into a film in 2000 starring Kim Basinger, was the first person to be appointed a “CMS Ambassador”.

24 April 2017

United Nations Association Launched CMS-UNA Essay Competition

The CMS Secretariat has recently launched an Essay Competition in cooperation with the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), a programme of the United Nations Foundation.

12 April 2017

Deadline for Submission of National Reports: 24 April

With COP12 less than six months away, deadlines are beginning to loom already, one such being 24 April, by which time National Reports should be submitted to the Secretariat.

07 April 2017