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World Migratory Bird Day 2019 Sparks Major Support

Under the theme “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution” the 2019 World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) campaign was a record-breaking celebration and a great success. As the main organizers behind WMBD, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) Secretariats, with their partner Environment for the Americas (EFTA), are pleased to share a few of the many highlights of the campaign.

07 June 2019

Lebanon – Party No 128

The Lebanese Republic has acceded to the Convention, bringing the total number of Parties to 128. Lebanon is already a Party to a number of instruments under the Convention – the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) and the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean and Contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS), and is a signatory to the Raptors Memorandum of Understanding.

28 May 2019

Acting CMS Executive Secretary Enters on Duty

Ms. Amy Fraenkel has been appointed as the Acting Executive Secretary of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), as of 13 May 2019. She brings to CMS a wealth of experience, both as Party negotiator and as a senior United Nations official.

20 May 2019

Call for Nominations: African Ranger Award 2019 and the Ranger Support Plan

The African Ranger Award is presented annually, to a maximum of 50 recipients, who have been working in protected areas for the protection of African wildlife. This 10-year Award Programme was set up in July 2017 by Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba and co-chair of Paradise International Foundation to support 500 wildlife rangers in Africa.

16 May 2019

Sahelo Saharan Interest Group Meets in Tunisia

The 19th Meeting of the Sahelo-Saharan Interest Group took place in Gammarth, Tunisia from 30 April to 2 May 2019. The meeting was organized by the Sahara Conservation Fund and hosted by the Government of Tunisia. The objective of the meeting was to share experience on the conservation of Sahelo-Saharan species, which includes antelopes, giraffes and ostriches among others.

13 May 2019

WMBD Benefit Concert Held in Rome

for the seventh consecutive year, the Corale Lirica San Rocco operatic choir performed in a benefit concert in support of the cause of bird conservation on the occasion of World Migratory Bird Day. After venues in Bonn for the first four years, and the choir’s home city Bologna in 2017 and 2018, the concert was held in the Palazzo Rospigliosi on Rome’s Quirinal Hill.

13 May 2019

World Migratory Bird Day 2019 - Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution

Every year, World Migratory Bird Day presents an annual theme aiming to raise awareness of issues affecting migratory birds and to inspire people and organizations around the world to take measures for their conservation. This year’s theme − “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution!” − will put the spotlight on the negative impact of plastic pollution on migratory birds and their habitats.

08 May 2019

Seventh Plenary of IPBES Meets in Paris

The seventh session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES7) is meeting in Paris from 29 April to 4 May. Major issues on the agenda of IPBES7 include the release of the Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, consideration of the outcome of the external review of IPBES, and adoption of a second work programme covering the period up to 2030.

29 April 2019

Countries Home to Saiga Antelopes Develop New Roadmap to Save the Species

Range States have agreed on a set of concrete conservation priorities guiding the work under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Concerning the Restoration, Conservation and Sustainable Use of Saiga Antelopes (Saiga spp.) up to 2025. The agreement came at a workshop held from 1-4 April and jointly organized by CMS and CITES as well as the International Academy for Nature Conservation of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN INA) with funding from the German Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

12 April 2019

Jastarnia Group Meets in Turku

The 15th meeting of the ASCOBANS Jastarnia Group has successfully concluded in Turku, hosted by the Finnish Ministry of the Environment and the Turku University of Applied Sciences. As well as reviewing progress under the conservation plans for the Harbour Porpoise in the Baltic Sea (the “Jastarnia Plan”) and in the Western Baltic, Belt Sea and Kattegat (WBBK), the meeting heard a presentation from a representative of the European Commission on the EU Technical Measures Regulation, which will replace Regulation 812/2004 governing bycatch mitigation.

20 March 2019