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Meetings in Singapore Set up the Avian Agenda for the East Asian-Australasian Flyway

Two important avian meetings took place back to back in Singapore early in 2017: the first was a meeting of the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI), a group that operates under the Arctic Council’s CAFF (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna); the second was the 9th Meeting of Partners to the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership

18 January 2017

In Memoriam - Wolfgang E. Burhenne

Bonn, 11 January 2017 - The CMS Secretariat is sad to have to announce, that Dr. Wolfgang E.

11 January 2017

Task Force Statement on H5N8 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in Poultry and Wild Birds

The statement accessible below, from the United Nations Environment Programme/Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Co-Convened Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds is released in response to the recent H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) developments to inform stakeholders in governments, the poultry sector, disease control, wildlife management, site management and conservation sectors about the potential interaction between wild birds and the H5N8 HPAI virus and appropriate ways of taking action.

20 December 2016

Asian Regional Workshop Advances International Cooperation to Halt Drastic Declines in Old World Vulture Populations

The third Regional Workshop to develop a Multi-species Action Plan to Conserve African-Eurasian Vultures (Vulture MsAP) took place from 29 to 30 November in Mumbai, India. This Workshop covered nine of the fifteen species of Old World vultures, a term used for vultures that occur in the continents of Africa, Asia and Europe; a region collectively referred to as the Old World.

05 December 2016

Workshop in Abuja Agrees on Key Policies for Sustainable Land Use in West Africa

From 24 to 26 November 2016 a workshop on “Sustainable Land Use in West Africa: National and International Policy Responses that Deliver for Migratory Birds and People” took place in Abuja, generously hosted by the Federal Ministry of Environment of Nigeria. The workshop brought together government representatives of Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal; UN organizations such as FAO, UNCCD and UNEP/CMS; the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF); universities, research organizations and civil society (BirdLife International).

01 December 2016

1st Meeting of the Energy Task Force

The first meeting of the Multi-Stakeholder Energy Task Force is taking place in Cape Town from 1 to 2 December.

29 November 2016

6th Meeting of Parties to ACCOBAMS Meets 20 Years on from Agreement’s Signature

The sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties to ACCOBAMS – the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area – is being held in Monaco from 22 to 25 November. This is the third time that the MOP will have been hosted by the Principality of Monaco, which also serves as the Agreement’s depositary and provides the offices of the Secretariat.

23 November 2016

Standing Committee Paves the Way to COP12

The last full meeting of the CMS Standing Committee for the triennium 2015-2017 took place in Bonn from 9 to 10 November, setting the scene for next year’s CMS Conference of the Parties (COP12) which will be held in Manila from 22 to 28 October at the kind invitation of the Government of the Philippines.

14 November 2016

CMS and OceanCare Sign Partnership Agreement

CMS and OceanCare signed a Partnership Agreement today to formalize their cooperation to better conserve aquatic and marine migratory species. CMS Executive Secretary, Bradnee Chambers, and OceanCare President, Sigrid Lüber, signed the agreement in the margins of the 45th Meeting of the CMS Standing Committee taking place from 9 to 10 November in Bonn, Germany.

10 November 2016

Workshop Identifies Critical Threats to Old World Vultures in the European Region

The second Regional Workshop to develop a Multi-species Action Plan to Conserve African-Eurasian Vultures (Vulture MsAP) took place from 25 to 29 October at Monfragüe National Park in Extremadura, Spain.

10 November 2016