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European Eels Meeting Charts Way Forward for Cooperation under CMS

The 3rd Meeting of the Range States for the European Eel (Anguilla anguilla) held from 25 to 26 June 2019 in Malmo, Sweden highlighted the urgent need to do more to protect the species’ critically endangered population. The meeting was co-organized by the Sargasso Sea Commission, and funded jointly with the Government of the Principality of Monaco.

08 July 2019

ACAP Proposes a World Albatross Day

At its Eleventh Meeting held in Brazil this May, the Advisory Committee of the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels identified an urgent and persistent conservation crisis for albatrosses and petrels. Thousands of albatrosses and petrels are continuing to die every year as a result of fisheries operations, notably by longline and trawl vessels. Considerable efforts by ACAP and other bodies have been put into researching and recommending effective mitigation measures to address seabird bycatch in fisheries. Nevertheless, in many instances these recommendations have not been fully implemented or have not been implemented at all.

08 July 2019

Mediterranean Monk Seal Back from the Brink

The size of the Mediterranean Monk Seal population off Mauritania’s Atlantic coast is recovering after centuries of continuous decline. The species’ largest colony in the Cabo Blanco peninsula has more than tripled since 2004. Thanks to the effective implementation of a regional Action Plan, it now numbers 360 individuals.

05 July 2019

Gorilla Agreement Meeting Sparks Off New Action and Enhanced Cooperation

The Third Meeting of the Parties of the Gorilla Agreement held from 18 to 20 June 2019 in Entebbe, Uganda highlighted the urgent need to conserve gorillas. Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu, Senior Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Government of Uganda, said: “Conservation of gorillas is a moral, constitutional, cultural and economic imperative.”

28 June 2019

World Migratory Bird Day 2019 Sparks Major Support

Under the theme “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution” the 2019 World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) campaign was a record-breaking celebration and a great success. As the main organizers behind WMBD, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) Secretariats, with their partner Environment for the Americas (EFTA), are pleased to share a few of the many highlights of the campaign.

07 June 2019

Lebanon – Party No 128

The Lebanese Republic has acceded to the Convention, bringing the total number of Parties to 128. Lebanon is already a Party to a number of instruments under the Convention – the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) and the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean and Contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS), and is a signatory to the Raptors Memorandum of Understanding.

28 May 2019

Acting CMS Executive Secretary Enters on Duty

Ms. Amy Fraenkel has been appointed as the Acting Executive Secretary of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), as of 13 May 2019. She brings to CMS a wealth of experience, both as Party negotiator and as a senior United Nations official.

20 May 2019

Call for Nominations: African Ranger Award 2019 and the Ranger Support Plan

The African Ranger Award is presented annually, to a maximum of 50 recipients, who have been working in protected areas for the protection of African wildlife. This 10-year Award Programme was set up in July 2017 by Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba and co-chair of Paradise International Foundation to support 500 wildlife rangers in Africa.

16 May 2019

Sahelo Saharan Interest Group Meets in Tunisia

The 19th Meeting of the Sahelo-Saharan Interest Group took place in Gammarth, Tunisia from 30 April to 2 May 2019. The meeting was organized by the Sahara Conservation Fund and hosted by the Government of Tunisia. The objective of the meeting was to share experience on the conservation of Sahelo-Saharan species, which includes antelopes, giraffes and ostriches among others.

13 May 2019

WMBD Benefit Concert Held in Rome

for the seventh consecutive year, the Corale Lirica San Rocco operatic choir performed in a benefit concert in support of the cause of bird conservation on the occasion of World Migratory Bird Day. After venues in Bonn for the first four years, and the choir’s home city Bologna in 2017 and 2018, the concert was held in the Palazzo Rospigliosi on Rome’s Quirinal Hill.

13 May 2019