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CMS 44th Standing Committee: Scientific Council and Synergies in Focus

The 44th Meeting of the CMS Standing Committee (StC) is being held 14-15 November 2015 at the United Nations Premises in Bonn, Germany.

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Brazil Joins CMS as Party No 122

The CMS Family is pleased to welcome the Federative Republic of Brazil as the 122nd Party to the Convention, with effect from 1 October.

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The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Becomes 121st Party to CMS

CMS welcomes the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as the 121st Party to the Convention with effect from 1 August 2015.

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Latin American countries are trained to conserve migratory animals

The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is for the very first time organising a capacity-building workshop for Latin American countries that are not Parties to the Convention, with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in Panama City, from 22 to 24 September.

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22nd ASCOBANS Advisory Committee Meeting Paves Way for Meeting of the Parties in 2016

The ASCOBANS Advisory Committee, a body set up to provide advice and information to Party States on the conservation and management of small cetaceans, convened its 22nd meeting (AC22) in The Hague, Netherlands, from 29 September to 1 October 2015.

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AEWA MOP6 – African Preparatory Meeting Took Place in Cape Town, South Africa

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat organized a Preparatory Meeting for National Focal Points (NFPs) from the AEWA African Contracting Parties, in the run-up to this November’s 6th Meeting of the Parties (MOP6). The Pre-MOP6 meeting took place from 25 to 27 August in Cape Town and was hosted by the Government of South Africa.

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Countries Meet to Tackle Poisoning of Birds in Southern Africa

Representatives of countries and wildlife experts met in Cape Town, South Africa on 24 August, to address poisoning of migratory birds, a problem that also threatens important predators. The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) and the CMS Memorandum of Understanding on Birds of Prey (CMS Raptors MoU), all three instruments administered by the United Nations Environment Programme, have convened the international meeting.

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Nations List 12 Vulture Species to Tackle Population Decline in Africa

A further eighteen birds of prey species have been listed at an international meeting of government representatives and experts this week in Trondheim, Norway. Seven of these species under threat are critically endangered according to the IUCN Red List.

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Wildlife Management and Conservation in Central Asia: Regional Cooperation and International Partnership

The CMS vision for regional collaboration for wildlife management and conservation in Central Asia was presented at the international conference “Regional practices on sustainable use in hunting territories and protection of wildlife”, which took place in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan from the 1-3 September 2015.

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Malaysia gears up to protect marine turtles - and other migratory species

Efforts to conserve migratory species – and marine turtles in particular – in Malaysia seem likely to step up a gear if recommendations made at a seminar and workshop held at the Institute of Oceanography and Environment of the University Malaysia Terengganu are accepted.

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Safe Passage for Mongolian Wildlife

Representatives of governments, industry, development banks, UN agencies, NGOs and scientists met in Ulaanbaatar from 24 to 28 August to find solutions to ensure that steppe animals are able to cross roads, railways and fences. The growing exploitation of the natural resources in the Gobi-Steppe ecosystem has led to a dramatic increase of transportation networks, required to meet increasing consumer demand for minerals. The existing roads and railroads have proven to be a significant barrier for wildlife migrations.

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Cooperation Between World Heritage for the Benefit of Migratory Birds: The Wadden Sea and Banc d’Arguin

Two natural World Heritage Sites - the Wadden Sea shared by Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands - and the Banc d’Arguin in Mauretania are two critically important sites for millions of migratory birds along the Eastern Atlantic Flyway.

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CMS Guidelines on Wildlife-friendly Infrastructure - Mongolia Leads Implementation

The Mongolian parliament has passed a national law implementing the CMS Guidelines on mitigating the impact of linear infrastructure and related disturbance on mammals in Central Asia just six months after they were adopted at COP11.

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2015 Wadden Sea Day Marks the 25th Anniversary of the Wadden Sea Seals Agreement

The 10th Wadden Sea Day, held on 27 August 2015 in Wilhelmshaven, was dedicated to marine mammals in the Wadden Sea World Heritage. More than 80 scientists, managers, policy makers and other Wadden Sea stakeholders participated in the event to discuss challenges and prospects for the future of these top predators of the Wadden Sea ecosystem. The Wadden Sea Seal populations (mainly harbour seals but increasingly also grey seals) have shown steady growth rates in recent years. The number of animals has reached record values over the last couple of years, despite the major epizootics of 1988 and 2002.

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Save the World II – How Climate Change is Affecting Migratory Birds

The Save the World festival was staged for the second time in Bonn from 18 to 20 September bringing together well-known artists, UN experts and a variety of NGOs with the aim of highlighting in an entertaining yet still informative manner the consequences of climate change

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AEWA Turns Twenty!

The 16th June 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the culmination of the inter-governmental negotiations that led to the adoption of AEWA – the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds – an international treaty dedicated to conserving species such as cranes, storks, ducks and shorebirds that regularly travel along flyways that span continents and oceans.

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Huffington Post OP-ED: Tackling Africa's Impending Vulture Crisis!

OP-ED by Patricia Zurita, Chief Executive of BirdLife International and Bradnee Chambers, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals.

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