Despite the uncertainties and restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, activities under the Seagrass Ecosystem Services Project are getting underway. The project is led by the CMS Dugong MOU Secretariat as part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI), supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).
Dr Donna Kwan from the Dugong MOU Secretariat attended the closing workshop of the Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project (DSCP) in Bali, Indonesia from 26 to 28 February 2019. The workshop was funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The four-year project, Enhancing the Conservation Effectiveness of Seagrass Ecosystems Supporting Globally Significant Populations of Dugongs across the Indian and Pacific Ocean Basins, commenced in 2015 and covered 43 national projects across Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mozambique, the Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu.
Below is a profile from one of our previous interns where you can find out why they chose to intern at CMS Office – Abu Dhabi, where they are now and the advice they would give to those considering applying for a similar internship.
Zayed's Antarctic Lights Premiere (Photo courtesy of Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi)
On Tuesday 20 November the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) and Dr Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots hosted a world premiere of the documentary Zayed’s Antarctic Lights at Vox Cinemas Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi. The documentary follows Team Zayed – EAD staff members Mariam Al Qassimi, Rashed Al Zaabi and Winston Cowie – on their two-week expedition to Antarctica in March 2018.
CMS and its Family set the course for developing their contributions to the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework which is expected to provide a "New Deal for Nature" for the entire international community. Two years away from its adoption, the post-2020 framework presents the opportunity to raise the visibility of migratory wildlife and promote its conservation. Last week, the CMS Standing Committee (Bonn, 23-24 October 2018) endorsed the establishment of a Working Group (WG) on the development of CMS Family contributions to the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.