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World Migratory Bird Day: Lead Poisons Birds and People

“Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation” is the theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2018. Among the significant, but often underestimated threats to migratory birds across the African-Eurasian Flyways - the major bird migration corridors which links Europe, Africa and Western Asia - is lead poisoning. The UN Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), two international environment treaties behind World Migratory Bird Day are also driving international efforts to tackle this global threat.

09 May 2018

Actions Agreed to Protect Europe’s Heaviest Flying Bird

Delegates from 13 countries agreed today on transboundary conservation measures for the Middle-European population of the Great Bustard. Germany is one of the signatories to a special agreement concluded under the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS, also known as the Bonn Convention) to better protect the species. CMS and the Brandenburg State Office for Environment (LfU) organized the meeting with support from the Förderverein Großtrappenschutz e.V. (Society for the Protection of the Great Bustard).

15 March 2018

European Union Invests 30m Euro to Counter the Illegal killing and Trafficking of Wildlife in Southern, Eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean

As part of a 30m Euro intervention, the EU today signed a 17.2m Euro agreement with three UN institutions working jointly to reduce the illegal killing of wildlife and the trafficking of wildlife products throughout Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean. The new ‘cross-regional wildlife programme’ will focus its activities in the regions’ most important protected areas, national transit points, and in some of Africa’s most important transboundary ecosystems.

05 December 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Momentum Grows to Save World’s Migratory Wildlife

World governments attending this year’s largest wildlife summit have collectively endorsed actions on the conservation of a wide range of migratory species, many of which are near-extinct. The week-long CMS COP12 ended in Manila today with decisions on 34 species in submissions made by 24 Parties from Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe and Oceania. These include actions on Africa’s great carnivores, 10 species of vulture, and the endangered Whale Shark, known as the butanding in the Philippines.

28 October 2017

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