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TRACKS Puzzles Revealed: The Inflight Magazine for CMS COP12

As reported on this website on 9 October 2017 and as delegates to the CMS COP12 in Manila will know, the CMS Secretariat worked with “Territory”, a professional and experienced design team from Hamburg, to produce “TRACKS”, a special publication in the format of an airline inflight magazine. An extended 102-page electronic version was also produced as published on the CMS website on 24 October.

22 December 2017

Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation into the Energy Sector

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held the 21st meeting of its Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) on 11-14 December 2017. One of the main agenda items discussed was how to mainstream ¬biodiversity conservation into the sectors of energy and mining, infrastructure, manufacturing and processing industry, and health. Members of the CMS Energy Task Force were present, and held a side event to share guidance, lessons learned and recommendations for integrating biodiversity considerations into renewable energy and powerline developments.

19 December 2017

Flyway Project to Reinforce Egyptian Vulture Populations in the Balkans

Institutions and organizations from 14 countries in the Balkans, Middle East and Africa have come together under a flyway conservation project for the Egyptian Vulture. The aim to reinforce the easternmost Egyptian Vulture populations in Europe by implementing urgent conservation measures to address major known threats at the breeding grounds and along the flyway.

18 December 2017

Addition of Three Species Proposed by Mongolia to the Appendices of CMS

The CMS Secretariat is pleased to announce the addition of Przewalski’s Horse, Gobi Bear, and Steppe Eagle, all proposed by Mongolia, to the CMS Appendices at COP12. Przewalski’s Horses were last seen in 1969 in the wild near Mongolian border in Trans-Altai Gobi. The population is currently estimated to consist of more than 50 mature individuals free-living in the wild for the past seven years.

12 December 2017

Cross-regional Wildlife Conservation in Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean

In the margins of the third session of the United Nations Environment Assembly being held in Nairobi this week, a signing ceremony took place setting the seal on a multi-million-Euro project bringing together three United Nations agencies – the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) and CMS.

06 December 2017

UNEA 3 - Towards a Pollution-free Planet

The third session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA3) is taking place in Nairobi from 4 to 6 December with the theme “Towards a Pollution-free Planet”.

04 December 2017

Bosnia and Herzegovina – CMS Party No. 126

CMS is pleased to welcome Bosnia and Herzegovina as the 126th Party to the Convention with effect from today. Bosnia and Herzegovina is situated in the Balkan Peninsula with borders to Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro and a coastline of 20 km on the Adriatic. The central and eastern parts of the country are mountainous, the north-west is hilly while the north-east is generally flat. Most of the country has a continental climate but in the far south it is more Mediterranean.

01 December 2017

CMS Dugong MOU Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

The CMS Memorandum of Understanding on Conservation and Management of Dugongs and their Habitats throughout Their Range (Dugong MOU) just celebrated its ten year anniversary. The MOU came into effect on 31 October 2007 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, which in 2009 became the home of the CMS Dugong MOU Secretariat.

28 November 2017

Addressing the Impact of Underwater Noise by Hydrocarbon Exploration in South-Eastern European Waters

During a two-day workshop on 22 and 23 November in Split, Croatia, 62 participants from 17 countries discussed impacts of underwater noise on marine wildlife in south-eastern Mediterranean waters. Searching for new hydrocarbon reservoirs to exploit faces criticism due to its consequences for the world’s climate. Another major concern is the noise by airguns used for oil exploration.

24 November 2017

Côte d’Ivoire Signs Sharks and Raptors MOUs

At a second special ceremony held yesterday in the margins of the UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn, Minister Anne Désirée Ouloto of Côte d’Ivoire signed the Memoranda of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks and on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU). Côte d’Ivoire thus becomes the 48th Signatory to the Sharks MOU and the 59th Signatory to the Raptors MOU.

17 November 2017