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New Partnership to Promote Global Conservation of Migratory Birds

Three leading bird conservation organizations today announced an innovative partnership to boost awareness of the plight of migratory birds around the globe. The new alliance formally unites two of the world’s largest bird education campaigns, International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) and World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) in a bid to strengthen recognition and appreciation of migratory birds and highlight the urgent need for their conservation.

26 October 2017

New Guidelines Will Assist in Managing Marine Noise

A new set of guidelines for regulators will significantly help to manage marine noise, which is increasingly posing a major threat to many marine animals. Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), said the recommendations are a response to a historically unprecedented increase in marine noise.

26 October 2017

Risk to Red Sea Whales and Dolphins a Concern, Says New Report

The first-ever comprehensive review of whale and dolphin populations in the Red Sea has raised concerns about threats to these migrant species in a marine region where they were thought to be largely sheltered from the impacts of human activity and climate change. A major new report by the Bonn-based Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) provides the only complete record of cetaceans in the Red Sea, which is crossed by some of the most important shipping lanes in the world.

24 October 2017

Manila Summit to Underscore Critical Role of Wildlife in Sustainable Development

The Twelfth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP12) opened in the Philippines today. It marks the first time CMS has convened a COP in Asia since the international treaty was adopted in Bonn, Germany in 1979. and came into force in 1985.

23 October 2017

High-level Panel Concludes ‘Significant’ Declaration on Wildlife and Sustainable Development

Governmental representatives from more than 30 Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) today concluded proposals that will pave the way for greater recognition of the role of wildlife in achieving global sustainable development goals. The Manila Declaration on Sustainable Development and Migratory Species will be considered for adoption to the Twelfth CMS Conference of the Parties (COP12), which opens in the Philippines tomorrow.

22 October 2017

Abu Dhabi, European Commission, Germany, Monaco and Philippines Take Champions Awards at Major UN Wildlife Summit

At an award ceremony held on the eve of CMS COP12, the year’s prime intergovernmental wildlife summit, the commitment of five governments and institutions to the cause of migratory species conservation was celebrated. UN Goodwill Ambassador, actor and model Nadya Yuti Hutagalung presided over the event, at which the Governments of Germany, Monaco, the Philippines, the European Commission and the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi were presented with certificates attesting to their long-term support for projects in support of the aims of the CMS Family.

22 October 2017

Leaders Pledge to Step up Efforts on Pollution ahead of Key UN Summit

Government Ministers, business leaders and senior representatives from international organizations met today in the Philippines for frank talks on mitigating the detrimental impact of pollution on wildlife and ecosystems. The outcome - delegates pledged to step up efforts to combat pollution - will send a powerful signal to other leaders, ahead of the Third Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA3), which takes place in December, in Nairobi, Kenya. It will also stimulate debate at this week’s Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (COP12).

22 October 2017

Two Rare Central Asian Mammals to be Given the Highest Protection under CMS

Dubbed the ‘Serengeti of the North,’ Central Asia stretches from the Caspian Sea in the west to China in the east and from Afghanistan in the south to Russia in the north. The vast deserts, semi‑deserts, grasslands and high mountains of Central Asia and adjacent regions, support some of the world’s last remaining large mammal migrations. Yet, unlike its African counterpart, it has been largely overlooked by conservation efforts.

22 October 2017

CMS and CITES Join Forces to Protect Africa’s Carnivores

Two influential UN-related wildlife bodies are proposing to join forces on a new initiative to halt the serious decline of Africa’s great carnivores. The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will submit their plan to the CMS COP12 wildlife summit in Manila later this month. Proposals for inclusion of the Lion and Leopard on CMS Appendix II will also be discussed at the meeting.

18 October 2017

Wildlife Summit to Propose New Task Force to Prevent Illegal Killing of Birds

A new intergovernmental task force to curb the illegal killing of birds crossing one of the world’s greatest migration paths will be high on the agenda at this year’s largest wildlife summit, which takes place in Manila next month. The East Asian-Australasian Flyway spans 22 countries from the Russian Federation to Alaska in the USA in the north, through much of Eastern Asia to the Western Pacific and Australia and New Zealand in the south.

17 October 2017