Conservation of the Argali Mountain Sheep (Ovis
The Argali sheep (Ovis ammon),
classified by the IUCN as Near Threatened, was listed
on the CMS Appendix II COP10 in November of 2011.
As a result, CMS and Range States have developed activities
for improved protection and transboundary cooperation
for Argali. These activities included the creation
of the Argali network as an informal platform for
knowledge exchange resulting from a workshop on management
of Central Asian wildlife in March 2012, the publication
of the report “Gaps and Options for Enhancing
Argali Conservation in Central Asia” in July
2012, and the Bishkek workshop in December 2012 focusing
on the development of a draft Argali Action Plan.
The Action Plan is now being finalized
and will soon be published. The aim of this Action
Plan is to restore Argali populations to and maintain
them at a favourable conservation status throughout
the species’ range, and to stop and reverse
current population declines and habitat degradation.
For further information click here
Migratory Bird Day 2013
Each year on the second
weekend in May, dedicated organizations and people
around the world plan World Migratory Bird Day events
to celebrate migratory birds in their region and to
raise awareness about the need for their conservation.
Since World Migratory Bird Day began in 2006, events
have reached 118 countries. In 2012 alone, over 250
events were celebrated for World Migratory Bird Day
and this year we hope to motivate even more people
and organizations to connect and work together towards
conserving migratory birds worldwide.
This year’s World Migratory
Bird Day theme is “Networking for migratory
birds”. It aims to emphasize the mutual importance
of ecological networks and networks between organizations
and individuals for the long-term conservation of
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The Small Grants Programme (SGP)
of the Convention has played a crucial role in conserving
animals on the move through projects in more than
30 countries since its inception in 1994 by the Fourth
Conference of the Parties. The overall
goal of the programme is to strengthen the implementation
of the Convention and to act as a catalyst for further
The deadline for the 2012-2013 call
for proposals was 31 May 2012. The 2013-2014 call
for funding is foreseen for spring 2013.
A list of the successful projects
can be found here.
Migratory Bird Day 2012
Each year on the second
weekend in May, dedicated people and organizations
plan World Migratory Bird Day events to celebrate
migrating birds in their region and to raise awareness
about the need for their protection. Since World Migratory
Bird Day began in 2006, events have been carried out
in 104 countries and we hope this year even more people
and countries will join the global celebration.
On their epic journeys
spanning thousands of kilometres, migratory birds
connect continents, cultures and people along their
migration routes. World Migratory Bird Day 2012 and
this year’s them: Migratory birds and people
- together through time highlight the vital relationship
between birds and people.
experts meet to confront challenges in the Americas
Representatives from the Convention
on Migratory Species, Ramsar Convention, UNEP, the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, BirdLife International,
the GEF Secretariat, International Crane Foundation,
and Wetlands International met to discuss several
Global projects on Migratory Species. Specific to
the Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative
(WHMSI) a project entitled: "Conservation of
globally important migratory species and the critical
habitats needed to complete their lifecycles within
the Americas" is under design.
UNEP/CMS Thesis Award
The UNEP/CMS Thesis Award on Migratory
Species Conservation, sponsored by Lufthansa, has
been won by Dr Lucy King for her study of the use
of the African honeybee as a natural deterrent to
The award of €10,000 (c. US$
13,500) will be made at the 10th Meeting of the Conference
of Parties to CMS (COP10) in Norway in November 2011,
in affiliation with the Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum
Alexander Koenig (ZFMK) in Bonn. The Secretariat of
the Bonn Convention on Migratory Species advertises
this award to promote scientific research and conservation
of migratory species, as defined by the Convention.
Find out more about the Thesis Award here.
Year of the
The latest species group to be the focus of a CMS
"Year of the ..." campaign is bats. The
campaign will see CMS cooperating closely with EUROBATS
over a two-year period. The main emphasis in the first
year will be Europe before the campaign goes global
in 2012. Three leading scientists have already been
recruited to serve as "Ambassadors": Dr.
MerlinTuttle (USA), Professor Paul Racey (UK) and
Dr. Rodrigo Medellín (Mexico).
For more information on the Year of the Bat, click
International Year of Biodiversity
The 2010 International Year of Biodiversity (IYB)
is a special year declared by the UN General Assembly
in recognition of the 2010 target to significantly
reduce the rate of biodiversity loss worldwide. Migratory
species and their habitats are increasingly threatened
by habit loss, over-exploitation, pollution and climate
change. Biodiversity and ecosystem services are vital
for the well being of human society and long term
prosperity but consequences of its loss are yet not
For more information on IYB, click
Inter-sessional Working Group
on the Future Shape of CMS
The Inter-Sessional Working Group, established at
the CMS COP in Rome in 2008, met at the CMS HQ in
the UN Campus in Bonn from in October 2009 to review
the first draft of report compiled by the consultancy
firm, ERIC (Environmental Regulation and Information
Centre). The report deals with the current organisation
of CMS and the CMS Family.
For more information on the "Future Shape"
CMS Family Guide
- THIRD EDITION JUST PUBLISHED!
The CMS Family Guide is a comprehensive, 100-page
encyclopaedia describing the Convention's history
and structure, the Agreements and MOUs, some of the
species covered in the Appendices, the threats and
challenges migratory animals face and some of the
activties undertaken by the Convention.
The second edition has been trnaslated in French
and Spanish and the third edition has just appeared
- initially only in English. Click on the links below
for the pdf version of the Guide.
CMS Project Office - Abu Dhabi
- Signing of Donor Agreement
The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the United
Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have signed a
Donor Agreement to establish a UNEP/Convention on
Migratory Species (CMS) office in Abu Dhabi.
The office will be led by Lahcen El Kabiri, the former
Deputy Executive Secretary of CMS. The Office will
manage the two MOUs on Dugongs and Raptors (Brids
Year of the Gorilla - 2009
After the Year ofthe Turtle (2006) which had a strong
focus on the Indian Ocean Region, CMS ran "Year
of the Dolphin" in 2007 and 2008 as a global
campaign. 2009 was declared "Year of the Gorilla".
CMS is cooperating with GRASP - the Great Apes Survival
Partnership to promote gorilla conservation.
To find out more about Year of the Gorilla activities,
click on the logo (left).
In response to the sometimes disproprtionate reaction
to outbreaks of Avian flu, which included totally
unustfied calls to cull wild birds and drain wetlands,
CMS established a scientific task force on avian influenza.
It was soon estblishe dthat domesti9c fowl rather
than wild birds were the main vectors of the disease.
To find out more about Avian Influenza, see the AI
pages of this website here..
CMS has produced a leaflet describing the benefits
of membership of the Convention to small island developing
The leaflet can be found here in three
different languages: English,
In January 2010, the BBC carried a report on the
ecological value of rare species found on small islands.
to link to the article.
Reduction and Trans-Oceanic Cooperation to Conserve
the Leatherback Turtle
Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea)
are endangered due to bycatch mortality in fisheries,
but also to over harvesting of eggs and meat. This
highly migratory species can travel across the Atlantic.
Bycatch numbers of Leatherbacks in the South-western
Atlantic off the coast of Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina
The project sponsored also by CMS aims to track at
least three Leatherback turtles equipped with satellite
tags to provide new information on leatherbacks movements
captured as a result of bycatch.