United Kingdom has provided CMS with 30,000 GBP (ca. USD
56,000) to support special activities to raise awareness
on the threats to migratory species while providing the
opportunity for countries to address the threats through
their biodiversity strategies and action plans (BSAPs).
The UK Global Wildlife Division of the Department for Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the CMS Secretariat signed
an agreement in Bonn on 25 February 2004. Arnulf Müller-Helmbrecht,
CMS Executive Secretary, and Hilary Neal, Head of Zoos and
international Species Conservation Branch at the Global
Wildlife Division, UK DEFRA, and Chair of the CMS Standing
Committee expressed their confidence that the Agreement
will provide a strong conceptual basis for CMS to address
the ever-increasing threats to migratory species.
The Secretariat will receive 10,000 GBP for a workshop
on migratory species and global change during the IUCN World
Conservation Congress in Bangkok in November 2004. Migratory
species are subject to different threats and highly dependent
on the quality of their habitats across their migratory
range. Conservation activities need to be co-ordinated across
a migratory range to ensure their effectiveness. The workshop
– Conserving Migratory Species in a Changing World
- will review the relationship between migratory species,
their conservation and the risks presented by global factors
such as climate change, habitat loss and invasive species.
The workshop will provide a basis for CMS to evaluate its
effectiveness in the face of global change, a set of challenges
that in some cases did not exist when the Convention was
adopted 25 years ago in 1979.
Biodiversity strategies and action plans – required
under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)–
are a central tool in every country’s approach to
addressing the threats to biodiversity, including migratory
species. To date there has been no analysis on the extent
to which migratory species have been included in BSAPs.
DEFRA will support CMS with a 20,000 GBP grant to review
the state of the art and develop guidelines to integrate
migratory species considerations into BSAPs. The DEFRA grant
will make it possible for the CBD and CMS Secretariats to
collaborate to fulfil the requests of their respective Conferences
of Parties to address the issue and capture synergies between
the two conventions.