As an environmental treaty under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme, CMS provides a global platform for the conservation and sustainable use of migratory animals and their habitats. CMS brings together the States through which migratory animals pass, the Range States, and lays the legal foundation for internationally coordinated conservation measures throughout a migratory range.

As the only global convention specializing in the conservation of migratory species, their habitats and migration routes, CMS complements and co-operates with a number of other international organizations, NGOs and partners in the media as well as in the corporate sector.

Migratory species threatened with extinction are listed on Appendix I of the Convention. CMS Parties strive towards strictly protecting these animals, conserving or restoring the places where they live, mitigating obstacles to migration and controlling other factors that might endanger them. Besides establishing obligations for each State joining the Convention, CMS promotes concerted action among the Range States of many of these species.

Migratory species that need or would significantly benefit from international co-operation are listed in Appendix II of the Convention. For this reason, the Convention encourages the Range States to conclude global or regional agreements.

In this respect, CMS acts as a framework Convention. The agreements may range from legally binding treaties (called Agreements) to less formal instruments, such as Memoranda of Understanding, and can be adapted to the requirements of particular regions. The development of models tailored according to the conservation needs throughout the migratory range is a unique capacity to CMS.

The text of the Convention can be found here and the Appendices here.


Titlesort descending Status Status date CMS Party number Region
Costa Rica Party 2007 103 South & Central America & The Caribbean
Côte d'Ivoire Party 2003 83 Africa
Croatia Party 2000 70 Europe
Cuba Party 2008 105 South & Central America & The Caribbean
Cyprus Party 2001 77 Europe
Czech Republic Party 1994 44 Europe
Democratic People's Republic of Korea Non-Party Asia
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa) Party 1990 34 Africa
Denmark Party 1983 1 Europe
Djibouti Party 2004 87 Africa
Dominica Non-Party South & Central America & The Caribbean
Dominican Republic Non-Party South & Central America & The Caribbean
Ecuador Party 2004 85 South & Central America & The Caribbean
Egypt Party 1983 1 Africa
El Salvador Non-Party South & Central America & The Caribbean
Equatorial Guinea Party 2010 114 Africa
Eritrea Party 2005 89 Africa
Estonia Party 2008 110 Europe
Ethiopia Party 2010 113 Africa
European Union Party 1983 1 Europe
Instrument nameConvention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals
Website URL
OtherSummary of the application of CMS to Overseas Territories/Autonomous Regions of Parties and of reservations regarding species in the CMS Appendices
Convention text (English)29.28 KB
Texte de la Convention (français)32.24 KB
Texto de la Convención (español)36.45 KB
ConventionText (Arabic) نص الاتفاقية422.25 KB
Convention Text (Chinese) 公约文本746.12 KB
Convention Text (Russian) текст Конвенции337.12 KB
Application of CMS to Overseas Territories/Autonomous Regions of Parties & of reservations on species in the CMS Appendices143.53 KB

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