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/22 Black-necked Grebe - Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis (Western Palearctic populations)
COP4 II/21 Slavonian (or Horned) Grebe - Podiceps auritus (Western Palearctic populations)
COP4 II/20 Great Crested Grebe - Podiceps cristatus cristatus (Western Palearctic populations)
COP4 II/19 Red-necked Grebe - Podiceps grisegena grisegena
COP4 II/18 Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis ruficollis
COP4 II/17 White-billed Diver - Gavia adamsii (Western Palearctic population)
COP4 II/16 Great Northern Diver - Gavia immer immer (Northwest European population)
COP4 II/15 Black-throated Diver - Gavia arctica ( G.a. arctica and G. a. suschkini)
COP4 II/14 Red-throated Diver - Gavia stellata (Western Palearctic populations)
COP4 II/1 European Free-tailed Bat - Tadarida teniotis
COP4 II/95 Sandwich Tern - Sterna sandvicensis sandvicensis (now Thalasseus sandvicensis sandvicensis)
COP4 I/4 Great Bustard - Otis tarda (Middle-European population)
COP4 I/3 White-headed Duck - Oxyura leococephala
COP4 I/1 Scimitar-horned Oryx - Oryx dammah
COP1 II/4 Pelecanidae - WITHDRAWN
COP1 II/3 & 4 Grey Seal - Phoca vitulina (Baltic & Wadden Sea) and Common Seal - Halicoerus grypus (Baltic)
COP1 II/1 and 2 Rhinolophidae & Vespertilionidae (European populations)
COP1 I/15 Olive Ridley Turtle - Lepidochelys olivacea
COP1 I/14 Loggerhead Turtle - Caretta caretta
COP1 I/13 Hawksbill Turtle - Eretmochelys imbricata
COP1 I/12 Green Turtle - Chelonia mydas
COP1 I/11 White-eyed Gull - Larus leucophthalmus
COP1 I/10 Stejneger's Petrel - Pterodroma longirostris WITHDRAWN
COP1 I/9 South Andean Huemul - Hippocamelus bisulcus - WITHDRAWN
COP1 I/8 Slender-horned Gazelle - Gazella leptoceros
COP1 I/7 Wild Yak - Bos grunniens
COP1 I/6 Cameroon Clawless Otter - Aonyx microdon - WITHDRAWN
COP1 I/5 Snow Leopard - Panthera uncia (now Uncia uncia)
COP1 I/4 Indus River Dolphin - Platanista minor WITHDRAWN
COP1 I/3 White-tailed Eagle - Haliaeetus albicllla