CMS Welcomes Support for Six Small Grant Projects by WHMSI

Bonn, 21 March 2013 - Following a Request for Proposals issued in September 2012, the Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative (WHMSI) has approved funding for six projects under its Small Grant Fund.

During the WHMSI Steering Committee meeting, which took place on 28-29 January 2013 in Washington DC, all 37 applications to the Small Grant Fund were examined by the Committee on which CMS is represented. Now that the selection process has been completed, OAS has just published a list of the successful projects.

The objective of the programme is to enhance the conservation of shared marine migratory species and habitats of greatest concern in the Western Hemisphere. Efforts focus on sharks and rays; marine mammals; coral reefs and mangroves, as well as beaches.

As CMS has recently strengthened relations with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and a number of wildlife related agencies, this initiative might achieve tangible benefits for migratory species conservation in the region. In addition, there is active participation at government level in CMS instruments on marine species. The United States is a signatory to the IOSEA, the Sharks and the Pacific Islands Cetacean Memoranda of Understanding. This development is likely to promote the implementation of the Convention in the Caribbean and Latin America.

With this Small Grant Fund, OAS has approved funding for projects to conserve endangered migratory species. Some of them, such the Manta Ray and the Franciscana Dolphin, are listed on CMS Appendix I. One of the Projects, earlier submitted by Centro Nacional Patagónica in Argentina to the CMS Small Grant Programme and unfortunately not successful in obtaining support, will now instead be funded by WHMSI. It is hoped that WHMSI will be able to continue supporting conservation activities for migratory species in the Western Hemisphere.

The WHMSI Small Grant Fund is supported by the Organization of American States (OAS) under the ‘Special Multilateral Funds of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (FEMCIDI)’.  OAS and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are the main driving forces behind WHMSI.

Please access this link to view all project proposals:

The following projects were approved to be funded:

Country Institution Project Title
Mexico Teyeliz A.C. / Defenders of Wildlife Shark Identification Workshop for Law Enforcement
Argentina Fundación Cethus Acoustic detection and environmental education: two essential elements for the conservation of the Franciscana dolphin (Pontoporia blainvillei)
Panama MARVIVA Foundation Identifying Replicable Shark Conservation Strategies to Support Balanced Marine Ecosystems
Argentina Centro Nacional Patagónico (CENPAT) - Organismo Provincial para el Desarrollo Sostenible(OPDS) Strategies to strengthen Conservation actions in key wetlands for migratory shorebirds at Bahía Samborombón, Argentina
Dominica Caribwhale A Biogeographic Mapping Network, development of a mobile application for Regional Cetacean Monitoring
St Vincent and the Grenadines Sustainable Grenadines (SusGren) Sharing Best Management Practices for Coral Reef and Mangrove Conservation in the Grenadines



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