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Ground-breaking Flyways Summit Held in Abu Dhabi

A four-day summit concluded in Abu Dhabi on 26 April, at which many of the key players in global bird conservation participated representing NGOs, the scientific community, governments and the CMS Family. The main item under discussion was how migratory birds can be better protected at every point of their arduous journeys along the flyways.

04 May 2018

World Conference on Marine Biodiversity – Connecting with the Living Ocean

Scientists, policy makers, civil society and industry will convene in Montreal, Canada for the 4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity (WCMB-4) from 13 to 16 May. Over 1,000 delegates from more than 75 countries will participate in this global forum, which aims to spotlight marine biodiversity’s key role in sustaining ocean ecosystems, uncover research and policy challenges and priorities, and facilitate discussion and cooperation between stakeholders.

04 May 2018

Strategic Meeting to Advance Conservation of Central Asian Migratory Mammals

Range State representatives, scientists and conservation experts met last week at the International Academy for Nature Conservation on the German Isle of Vilm to review the implementation of the CMS Central Asian Mammals Initiative (CAMI), to discuss challenges and strategy for further action.

27 April 2018

First “World Curlew Day” to be Launched Tomorrow

With their long downcurved bills and distinctive call (“cur-loo”), curlews are among the most recognizable of all wading birds. But these large, long-lived shorebirds are also among the most threatened migratory birds on Earth: Two of eight curlew species have not been seen for decades and, tragically, may well be extinct (the Eskimo and the Slender-billed Curlew). Another three (the Eurasian, the Bristle-thighed, and the Far Eastern) are listed as being of conservation concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

20 April 2018

World Fish Migration Day 2018 – Connecting Fish, Rivers and People

The third World Fish Migration Day (WFMD) is being celebrated on 21 April 2018, with more than 2,000 organizations involved in over 450 local events worldwide. From river restoration projects to guided fishway tours, public lectures to school workshops, these events support the theme “Connecting Fish, Rivers and People”.

18 April 2018

Animal Culture and Social Complexity – A Cornerstone for Conservation

The CMS Workshop on the Conservation Implications of Animal Culture and Social Complexity took place in Parma, Italy from 12 to 14 April. The group of experts convened to advise on how knowledge of animal culture and other aspects of sociality can be used to inform conservation efforts for migratory species. Evidence of social learning, and in some instances more permanent culture, in animals can be seen in the communication, foraging, habitat use, migration and play habits of whales, dolphins, elephants, primates and other species.

16 April 2018

Promoting CMS in Latin America and South-East Asia

CMS Executive Secretary, Bradnee Chambers has been meeting high-level Embassy officials from countries in the Latin American and South-East Asian regions to promote accession to the Convention. On 10 April, Chambers met representatives of El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua and Venezuela. Also in attendance was a representative from Honduras, which has been a Party to CMS since 2007.

11 April 2018

International Conference Calls on Governments for Action to Combat Illegal Killing, Poisoning and Illicit Trade of Wild Birds in the Adriatic Flyway

From 19 to 23 March 2018, the 3rd Adriatic Flyway Conference took place in Fruška Gora National Park, Serbia, organized by EuroNatur and the Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (BPSSS, BirdLife Serbia). At this meeting, officials of the Government of Serbia and more than 80 experts and affiliates of Bird Conservation NGOs from central and south-eastern European countries presented and discussed recent findings on the monitoring of migratory bird populations, their conservation status, ecological dynamics and their habitats in the Adriatic Flyway region.

27 March 2018

CMS Executive Secretary Speaks at the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development

Dr. Bradnee Chambers, CMS Executive Secretary, participated in a live stage interview yesterday at the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development. The three-day Festival brings together the global community taking action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of policies to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030

23 March 2018

IPBES 6th Plenary Session Adopts Five Major Assessment Reports

Meeting in Medellín, Colombia from 17 to 24 March, the 6th session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has adopted five major assessment reports. Three years in development and costing US$5 million, the five reports – one on regional and global land degradation and restoration and four evaluating the contributions of biodiversity and nature to people in four world regions – Africa, the Americas, Asia & the Pacific and Europe & Central Asia – have been prepared by over 550 leading international experts from more than 100 countries.

23 March 2018