20 Anniversary of CMS
- Activities programmed in Germany to celebrate CMS
Membership to CMS rises to 60 as Slovenia, Kenya, United
Republic of Tanzania and Latvia join the Convention
Useful Information about COP6, Cape Town in November
- about the venue
- about documents
- provisional schedule of meetings / events
- provisional Agenda for CMS COP6
CMS 19th Standing Commitee
The CMS Standing Committee held its 19th meeting in Bonn
on 28 and 29 January 1999. The Standing Committee deliberated
on a substantial review of the Strategy for the Future Development
of the Convention, a goal-oriented, five-year strategic
plan which is being prepared by the Secretariat to be submitted
to the Conference of the Parties. It also discussed budgetary
and administrative matters, and agreed on a number of questions
related to the preparations for COP6, including the Provisional
Agenda for the meeting. The next meeting of the Standing
Committee will take place in Cape Town, on 9 November 1999.
The African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) continues
to gather momentum and is now heading towards its first
Meeting of the Parties (MOP1). Seven countries have ratified
the Agreement since the beginning of 1999. These countries
are: United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Spain, Guinea,
Egypt, Togo, Gambia and Senegal. Several significant countries
have announced that they will ratify the Agreement in the
next few months. The AEWA Interim Secretariat has also been
active in the production of information and promotional
material. A copy of the new issue (no. 5) of the AEWA Newsletter
can be obtained from the AEWA Interim Secretariat.
The 4th Meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Agreement
on the Conservation of Bats in Europe took place 19-21 April
1999 in Stockholm, Sweden, with a record 27 delegations
from Parties and Non-Party Range States participating. 12
of the Non-Party Range States expressed their intention
to accede to Eurobats in the near future.
The Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of
the Baltic and North Seas held the 6th Meeting of its Advisory
Committee 12-14 April 1999 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Delegates
from 11 Parties and Range States attended the meeting. For
the first time these included representatives from France,
Latvia and the Russian Federation.
The ASCOBANS Secretariat has published a new web page,
available under www.ascobans.org, providing
information on cetacean species in the Baltic and North
Seas, on potential threats to these and on the structure
The Interim Secretariat of ACCOBAMS distributed in February
its first issue of the Bulletin. This publication (in French
and English) explains the essentials of the Agreement in
plain language. The Agreement, which was concluded in November
1996 following a series of intergovernmental negotiations
guided by the CMS Secretariat, has yet to attain the minimum
number of ratifications needed to enter into force.
The Third Meeting of Range States of the endangered Siberian
crane (Grus leucogeranus) took place in Ramsar, Islamic
Republic of Iran, from 8-13 December 1998. Representatives
of seven of the Range States present (Azerbaijan, India,
Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakstan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan,
and Uzbekistan) formally signed the Memorandum of Understanding
concerning Conservation Measures for the Siberian Crane.
A representative of the Government of the People=s Republic
of China signed the agreement in April 1999.
Good news from Tunesia which has made significant progress
by receiving 14 Scimitar-horned Oryx (Oryx dammah)
and two Sand Gazelles (Gazella leptoceros) of captive
origin from various European zoos.
A succesful meeting was held recently in Côte d'Ivoire
and resulted in the adoption of an intergovernmental Memorandum
of Understanding which will lay a solid foundation for future
conservation initiatives. CMS has also taken a lead role
in proposing the organization of a pan-Mediterranean sea
turtle conference in the year 2000.
Information Material & Publications
Among the new materials is a newly designed brochure, aimed
at providing general information and an overview of the
Convention to the general public. Also new is the first
publication of the first title in the CMS Technical Series,
Conservation Measures for the Siberian Crane.
- New Species Proposals.
- WCMC a Centre for World Biodiversity Information and
- Imperial Eagles Conference
- A Tribute to Cyrille de Klemm
- Links with other Conventions
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