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Bradnee Chambers 1966-2019

The CMS Secretariat is deeply sad to announce that the Executive Secretary, Dr. Bradnee Chambers passed away this morning in his native Canada after a short illness. This is a tragic loss for CMS and the United Nations. Bradnee became Executive Secretary of CMS in 2013 and led the Convention through the Conferences of the Parties in Quito in 2014 (COP11) and Manila in 2017 (COP12).

24 January 2019

ACCOBAMS Survey Initiative Contributes to Sharks MOS3

The Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic area (ACCOBAMS), member of the CMS family, developed the “ACCOBAMS Survey Initiative” (ASI) aimed at establishing an integrated and coordinated monitoring system for cetaceans throughout the ACCOBAMS area.

11 December 2018

New Executive Secretary for ACAP

Christine Bogle has just taken over the reins at the Secretariat of the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels, replacing Marco Favero. Christine, who is from New Zealand, used to be a diplomat, serving in Peru, Italy, Spain, Tonga and Mexico - the last three as Head of Mission. During her time with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, she became interested in multilateral diplomacy, especially in the environmental field, which stands her in good stead for her new post.

05 December 2018

Trinidad and Tobago - CMS Party No. 127

CMS is pleased to welcome Trinidad and Tobago as the 127th Party to the Convention with effect from 1st December. Trinidad and Tobago is situated in the Caribbean and this island republic shares maritime borders with Barbados, Grenada, Guyana and Venezuela. The country has an area of just over 5,000 km2 with the two main islands giving the country its name accounting for 98 per cent.

03 December 2018

CMS Raptors MOU Welcomes Jordan as 60th Signatory State

Jordan has today signed the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU), at a national raptor conservation and hunting event held in its capital city Amman, Jordan.

03 December 2018

Third Meeting of CMS Energy Task Force Showcases Actions to Reconcile Energy and Biodiversity

The Third Meeting of the Multi-Stakeholder Energy Task Force (ETF) on Reconciling Selected Energy Sector Developments with Migratory Species Conservation reviewed conservation activities already completed in its Workplan 2018-2020 and highlighted further action points. The meeting took place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, on 16 November 2018 in the margins of the UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP14). It was chaired by CBD National Focal Point of Egypt, Dr Moustafa Fouda.

23 November 2018

African States Make Long-term Commitment to Conserve Their Largest Carnivores

More than 30 countries hosting African Wild Dog, Cheetah, Leopard and Lion met in Bonn from 5 to 8 November 2018 to establish the African Carnivore Initiative. The initiative constitutes the first Africa-wide commitment towards saving African Wild Dog, Cheetah, Leopard and Lion. Habitat loss and fragmentation, prey depletion, retaliatory killing of carnivores by owners of livestock and increasing trade in lion specimens and live cheetah are the main reasons for these animals’ rapid decline across most of Africa.

13 November 2018

Connectivity Conservation: a Key Element of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

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.

02 November 2018

Ten Years of International Collaboration to Conserve Birds of Prey

The Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU) celebrates its tenth anniversary today. The MOU aims to promote internationally coordinated actions to achieve and maintain the conservation status of migratory birds of prey throughout their ranges in the African-Eurasian region and to reverse their decline when and where appropriate.

01 November 2018

CMS Standing Committee Paves Way for New Compliance Mechanism

At its 48th Session, held 23-24 October, at the UN Premises in Bonn, Germany, the CMS Standing Committee, meeting for the first time in the 2018-2020 triennium took on the legacy of the Twelfth Conference of the Parties (COP12), paving the way for an important period for the Convention. The launch of the CMS Review Mechanism as well as the National Legislation Programme were highlights of the meeting.

31 October 2018