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Think Like a Bird – Interview with Stephen Garnett

Stephen Garnett is an environmental scientist, who has been studying Australian birds since 1974. Stephen is also the Joint COP Appointed Councillor for Birds. He is currently on sabbatical at the CMS Secretariat and Christie Burley, an intern of the Joint CMS and AEWA Communications Unit, has taken the opportunity to interview Stephen on his recent paper published in Nature Sustainability and the work he is currently doing for CMS.

23 October 2018

Benefit Concert for Migratory Birds in Bologna

Bonn, 13 October 2018 - For the sixth consecutive year, the operatic choir Lirica San Rocco of the Lyrical Cultural Club from Bologna, Italy gave a ben

16 October 2018

Sooty Falcon Film Screening to Celebrate WMBD 2018

An award-winning documentary entitled The Migrant - Sooty Falcons in Oman was screened last evening at the Manarat Al Saadiyat cultural centre in Abu Dhabi to mark World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2018. Produced by an Omani-German team, the film documents efforts to study and conserve this long-range migratory bird. The Sooty Falcon (Falco concolor) is an elegant, medium-sized bird of prey. It breeds on islands and coastal or desert cliffs, primarily in the Middle and Near East regions and flies south to wintering areas on Madagascar and the south-eastern littoral zone of the African continent.

10 October 2018

UN-Cinema: CMS Partners in Film Screening at Deutsche Welle

UN Cinema screened the award-winning documentary “The Last Animals” with CMS, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Deutsche Welle as partners. The German UN Association NRW-Chapter (DGVN NRW) and the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), invited an interested audience to the event. It was hosted by Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle on 13 September in Bonn, Germany.

17 September 2018

New Study: Half the World’s Raptor Populations Are in Decline

A multi-authored scientific paper on the state of the world’s birds of prey and owls was published last week in Biological Conservation and is now freely available online. According to the research, 18% percent of raptors are threatened with extinction and 52% of raptors have declining global populations.

11 September 2018

Timor-Leste Becomes 27th Signatory to Dugong MOU

Timor-Leste has confirmed its support towards the protection of dugongs and their vital seagrass habitats by becoming the 27th Signatory to the CMS Dugong MOU. The Secretary of State for the Environment, H.E. Demétrio do Amaral de Carvalho signed the MOU earlier today at a signing ceremony in Dili, Timor-Leste.

10 September 2018

First Arabian Peninsula Waterbird Monitoring Strategy Planned at Workshop in UAE

International experts met in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, to develop a strategy for the Arabian Peninsula to monitor the region’s waterbirds and their threatened wetland habitats. The regional strategy aims to build capacity to monitor coastal waterbirds and important wetland sites in all countries of the Arabian Peninsula.

07 September 2018

CMS Becomes Member of UN-Oceans

CMS has become a member of UN-Oceans as BBNJ meetings start at UN Headquarters in New York this week. The new membership became official just before the start of the First Session of the Intergovernmental Conference on an International Legally Binding Instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ).

06 September 2018

Great Boost for Conservation of Grassland Birds and Flyways in the Americas

The Second Meeting of Signatories (MOS2) of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Conservation of Southern South American Migratory Grassland Bird Species and their Habitats took place from 24 to 25 July 2018 in the city of Florianópolis, at the kind invitation of the Government of Brazil. The MOU’s Action Plan was updated until the year 2023 and specific objectives were developed for the protection and sustainable management of grasslands which are of importance to migratory birds and the ecosystem services they provide.

03 September 2018

Mediterranean Cetaceans: First Results of Synoptic Survey Sightings

The preliminary results of the transects already covered under the ACCOBANS Survey Initiative (ASI) are now available on the ACCOBAMS website. ACCOBAMS launched ASI in June to improve the understanding of the conservation status of cetaceans at the Mediterranean/Black Sea macroregional level and work is still going on in the eastern Mediterranean.

03 August 2018