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ENB Daily Coverage: CMS COP14 - Friday, 16 February 2024

The Committee of the Whole (CoW) heard reports from representatives of the Credentials Committee, as well as from the working groups on aquatic, terrestrial, avian, and institutional and cross-cutting issues. CoW Chair Colin Galbraith (UK) noted that discussions for the budget working group were ongoing. In the morning, the CoW approved in-session documents and addressed agenda items related to Concerted Actions (CAs). Following an afternoon of cultural excursions around Samarkand organized by the host country, delegates reconvened in the CoW to review more in-session documents. Chair Galbraith adjourned the evening session at 18:45 and encouraged participants to “be early” to the additional session of the CoW scheduled for Saturday morning.

16 February 2024

CMS COP14 Champion Night Unveils New Champions for Migratory Species

Samarkand, 12 February 2024 - On the margins of CMS COP14, the highly anticipated Champion Night took place to honor new CMS Champions, recognized for

16 February 2024

ENB Daily Coverage: CMS COP14 - Thursday, 15 February 2024

The Committee of the Whole (CoW) heard updates from working groups and approved in-session documents. In the morning, delegates addressed agenda items related to the interpretation and implementation of the Convention, and in the afternoon, reviewed proposals to amend the CMS Appendices.

15 February 2024

ENB Daily Coverage: CMS COP14 - Wednesday, 14 February 2024

Chair Colin Galbraith (UK) opened the Committee of the Whole (CoW), followed by an update on progress from working groups.

14 February 2024

ENB Daily Coverage: CMS COP14 - Tuesday, 13 February 2024

The Committee of the Whole (CoW) met throughout the day to consider scientific assessments and reports, strategic and institutional matters, issues related to the Scientific Council, and matters pertaining to the interpretation and implementation of the Convention. The Budget, Avian, Terrestrial, Aquatic, and Institutional Working Groups established by the CoW met over lunch and in the evening.

14 February 2024

COP14 - What to Expect for Migratory Terrestrial Mammals

Among the topics to be discussed by governments at the CMS COP14 in Samarkand are several relating specifically to terrestrial species, along with cross-cutting issues crucial for the conservation of species listed under the Convention on Migratory Species. These topics include linear infrastructure development, the establishment of trans-frontier conservation areas, and measures to combat the illegal and unsustainable taking of species.

13 February 2024

ENB Daily Coverage: CMS COP14 - Monday, 12 February 2024

In the opening address, Abdulla Aripov, Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, welcomed participants to his country and pointed to the “urgent and coordinated” measures required to “preserve the harmony of human life with nature.” He highlighted Uzbekistan’s cooperative efforts with neighboring countries to create transboundary protected areas. Participants then watched a short, engaging video on migratory species conservation prepared by the Ministry of Ecology, Environmental Protection, and Climate Change, Uzbekistan.

13 February 2024

COP14 - What to Expect for Migratory Birds

Among the migratory animals covered by the Convention on Migratory Species, a total of 962 species are birds. The threats they face are manifold and include habitat loss, unsustainable and illegal taking, pollution, collisions with man-made structures, and climate change.

12 February 2024

COP14 - What to Expect for Migratory Aquatic Species

Of the migratory species listed under the Convention on Migratory Species, 64 are aquatic mammals, 54 are fish, and 9 are reptiles, covering many diverse species such as whales, sharks, and turtles. Their migratory ranges include rivers, estuaries, beaches, seagrass meadows, coral reefs, coastal zones, the open ocean, deep-water trenches, and seamounts - to name but a few. They occur in all climatic zones, all oceans, and many inland water systems. The threats they face are manifold and include overexploitation, habitat loss and degradation, pollution, and climate change.

12 February 2024