Proposals for Amendments of the CMS Appendices

Appendices I and II of the Convention may be amended at any meeting of the Conference of the Parties. Amendments consist of migratory species or their populations being added to or removed from the Appendices. Proposals for amendment can be submitted by any Contracting Party, in accordance with the procedure defined in Article XI of the Convention. The Conference of the Parties decides whether to accept or reject a proposal, taking into account the advice of the CMS Scientific Council. Resolution 11.33 provides guidelines for assessing proposals for the amendment of the Appendices.

Proposals for amendment of the Appendices have to be compiled according to a standard format. Through Resolution 1.5, the 1st Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP1) defined the format which has been in use up until COP11. Through Resolution 11.33, COP11 requested the CMS Scientific Council and the Secretariat to update Resolution 1.5 by developing a new template and guidelines for the drafting of listing proposals in line with the guidelines for the assessment of proposals for amendment, for adoption by the Standing Committee in time for its use for proposals to be submitted to the Conference of the Parties at its 12th Meeting. The new format for proposals to amend CMS Appendices was adopted by the Standing Committee at its 45th meeting. It can be downloaded through the link here below.

This page includes the final version of all proposals submitted to meetings of the Conference of the Parties since COP1, in descending chronological order. The same documents are available from the web pages of individual meetings of the CMS Conference of the Parties.


Notification 2016/037 Proposals to Amend the Appendices of CMS

Format for proposals to amend CMS Appendices EN

Modèle pour les propositions d'amendement des Annexes FR

Modelo de propuestas para enmendar los Apéndices ES

Document Number Title Publish date
COP4 II/91 Caspian Tern - Sterna caspia (now Hydroprogne caspia) (West Eurasian and African populations)
COP4 II/90 Gull-billed Tern - Sterna nilotica nilotica (now Gelichelidon nilotica nilotica) (West Eurasian and African populations)
COP4 II/89 Sabine's Gull - Xema sabini
COP4 II/88 Great Black-backed Gull - Larus marinus
COP4 II/87 Glaucous Gull - Larus hyperboreus hyperboreus (Western Palearctic populations)
COP4 II/86 Iceland Gull - Larus glaucoides (population wintering in Northwest Europe)
COP4 II/85 Armenian Gull - Larus armenicus
COP4 II/84 Yellow-legged Gull - Larus cachinnans (Western Palearctic populations)
COP4 II/83 Herring Gull - Larus argentatus (spp argentatus and argenteus)
COP4 II/82 Lesser Black-backed Gull - Larus fuscus
COP4 II/81 Common (or Mew) Gull - Larus canus (spp canus and heinei)
COP4 II/80 Audouin's Gull - Larus audouinii
COP4 II/79 Slender-billed Gull - Larus genei
COP4 II/78 Grey-headed Gull - Larus cirrocephalus poiocephalus
COP4 II/77 Common Black-headed Gull - Larus ridibundus
COP4 II/76 Little Gull - Larus minutus (Western Palearctic populations)
COP4 II/75 Mediterranean Gull - Larus melancephalus
COP4 II/74 Great Black-headed Gull - Larus ichthyaetus
COP4 II/73 White-eyed Gull - Larus leucophthalmus
COP4 II/72 Sooty Guoll - Larus hemprichii
COP4 II/71 Grey Pratincole - Glareola cinerea cinerea
COP4 II/70 Madagascar Pratincole - Glareola ocularis
COP4 II/69 Rock Pratincole - Glareola nuchalis
COP4 II/68 Egyptian Plover - Pluvinaus aegyptius aegyptius
COP4 II/67 Senegal Thick-knee - Burhinus senegalensis
COP4 II/66 Crab Plover - Dromas ardeola
COP4 II/65 Eurasian Oystercatcher - Haematopus ostralegus (spp ostralegus and longipes)
COP4 II/64 Streaky-breasted Flufftail - Sarothrura boehmi
COP4 II/63 African Crake - Crecopsis egregia
COP4 II/98 Little Tern - Sterna albifrons (spp albifrons and guineae) (now Sternula albifrons)