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World Wildlife Day

Today is World Wildlife Day, chosen as it marks the anniversary of the signing of CITES (the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) one of the two international treaties dedicated to the conservation of wildlife

03 March 2015

Scientists Meet to Discuss the Future of Arabian Sea Humpback Whales

Abu Dhabi, 23 February 2015 - The survival of the humpback whale population in the Arabian Sea, the smallest and most endangered humpback whale population in the world, is threatened by human activities, particularly entanglement in fishing nets, shipping and coastal development.

23 February 2015

CMS Secretariat Statement on the Taiji Drive Hunt

The Secretariat has received a number of messages from around the world expressing concern at the Taiji dolphin drive hunts.

12 February 2015

World Wetlands Day

To mark World Wetlands Day today, Jacques Trouvilliez, the Executive Secretary of AEWA has written an opinion article (“Op-Ed”) emphasizing the importance of wetlands for the conservation of many migratory species and especially the waterbirds of the African-Eurasian Flyway.

02 February 2015

20th Anniversary of AEWA - Message from Jacques Trouvilliez

Dear colleagues and friends of migratory waterbirds across the African-Eurasian region and beyond,

It is my sincere pleasure to announce the start of the 20th anniversary year of AEWA – the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement. For the past two decades, AEWA has provided the framework for international cooperation on the conservation and management of migratory waterbird populations in the region - also serving as an example for flyway cooperation around the globe.

22 January 2015

20 Years of Flyway Conservation in Action

Bonn, 16 January 2015 – This year marks the 20th anniversary of the successful conclusion of the negotiation of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) in The Hag

22 January 2015

IOSEA: Review of 2014 and Look Ahead to 2015

As is customary at this time of the year, the IOSEA Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Secretariat presents a compilation of marine turtle-related news of the past 12 months, from around the Indian Ocean – South-East Asia region.

19 January 2015

CMS Family Statement at IPBES Meeting

The third session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) opened today in the World Conference Center (WCCB) in Bonn, Germany. The agenda for the week-long deliberations includes consideration of the implementation of the 2014-2018 work programme; the Platform’s initial programme of work, financial and budgetary arrangements, and operational rules and procedures.

12 January 2015

Exhibition "The Last 300" on the Baltic Harbour Porpoise

As part of a collaboration with nature protection organizations Whale and Dolphin Conservation, NABU and OceanCare, ASCOBANS is co-organizing an exhibition on the Baltic harbour porpoise in the German Oceanographic Museum in Stralsund, Germany.

12 January 2015

In Memoriam: Dr. Kanjana Adulyanukosol

It is with immense regret that the Secretariat of the CMS Dugong MoU shares the news that we lost Dr. Kanjana Adulyanukosol, affectionately known as ‘Dr. Kanjana’, after a long struggle with cancer on 10 January 2015.

11 January 2015