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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

COP12 to Offer Guidelines for Boat-Based Wildlife Watching

Guidelines to ensure marine animals are better protected from boat-based wildlife watching will be presented at a major migratory species summit in Manila later this month. Leisure cruising to view whales, dolphins, sharks, rays and turtles, as well as seabird colonies is a fast-growing commercial activity worldwide, with positive impacts on local economies.

12 October 2017

Action to Save Vultures Will Protect Human Health, Say Experts

A multinational plan to thwart the sudden and severe decline in vultures across Africa, Asia and Europe will be presented at a major summit on migratory species this month. Experts estimate the majority of African-Eurasian Vultures are critically endangered and at “very high risk” of extinction in the wild, mainly due to poisoning. Unless effective conservation measures are implemented, there is a significant likelihood that several of these species will become extinct in the near future, they say.

10 October 2017

100 Days Until UN Wildlife Conference Kicks Off in Manila

Only 100 days remain until a major global meeting on wildlife protection kicks off in Manila. Over 120 countries will gather in the Philippine capital for the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS COP12) from 23 to 28 October 2017. The meeting will address a range of critical issues facing the world’s endangered wildlife shared across international borders.

14 July 2017

Urgent Protection Proposed for Some of the World’s Most Known Species

Once abundant, these species are now threatened by unprecedented destruction of their habitat, poaching, climate change and pollution. Proposals to afford greater protection to 35 species will be made at what is expected to be the largest wildlife conference of the year, CMS COP 12, which is scheduled to take place 23-28 October 2017 in Manila, Philippines.

01 June 2017