In this issue:


CMS Marine Noise Assessment Guidelines Promoted at the UN in New York

From 18 to 22 June 2018, government representatives and experts gathered at the Headquarters of the United Nations to discuss the issue of anthropogenic underwater noise in the context of the UN consultative process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-19).

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© Frank Dhermain/GECEM

“ACCOBAMS Survey Initiative” – the First Large-Scale Mediterranean Cetacean Survey

It is estimated that the Mediterranean hosts almost 10 per cent of the world’s marine biodiversity despite it representing just 1 per cent of the world’s seas.

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Progress in Reaching International Mechanism for Conserving Endangered Eels

Representatives of over 20 Range States of the European Eel (Anguilla anguilla) and a number of IGOs and NGOs met in Malmö, Sweden, to discuss options for a mechanism to enhance international cooperation to conserve the critically endangered species.

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CMS Action Against Wildlife Crime Presented at IUCN Technical Meeting

From 12 to 13 July 2018, CMS attended the Technical Meeting of Experts regarding the IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC) Resolution 70 on “Crimes against the Environment”, hosted by the IUCN Environmental Law Centre in Bonn, Germany.

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Eyes on the Flyway Conference

The “Eyes on the Flyways” Conference, held at the Natural History Museum in Brussels on 24 May, was the concluding event of the LIFE EuroSAP project which set out to tackle the threats facing sixteen endangered bird species in Eurasia.

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Symposium Highlights Risk of Pesticides and other Chemicals on Migratory Species

The Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemicals (SETAC) held its 28th meeting in Rome from 13 to 17 May 2018, under the central theme “Responsible and Innovative Research for Environmental Quality”.

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Prosecutors’ Workshop Strengthens Fight against Illegal Killing of Birds in the Mediterranean

From 9 to 11 May 2018, a workshop for prosecutors and investigators on wildlife crime took place in Valsaín, Segovia, Spain. The workshop was jointly organized by the“Wildlife Crime” Working Group of the European Network of Prosecutors for the Environments (ENPE) and the CMS Secretariat.

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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.

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Entangled turtle © Greenpeace / Carè / Marine Photobank

Side Event on Solutions to Bycatch and Entanglement in Ghost Gear held at FAO COFI33

On 12 July, during the 33rd Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI33), held in Rome, management solutions for ghost gear, also known as abandoned, lost, or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG), and bycatch were discussed in a side event.

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Celebrating our Birds in Bonn on World Migratory Bird Day

To mark World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2018, the CMS and AEWA Secretariats co-organized two local WMBD events in Bonn, Germany. The first event was a film screening in the Museum Koenig and the second event was a birdwatching tour in the forests around Bonn.

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A Seachange Needed in Fisheries to Give Dolphins, Whales and Porpoises a Chance

Dolphins, whales and porpoises (cetaceans) are fascinating animals that continue to capture the imagination of humans as evidenced by the increasing number of whale watchers taking to the seas in search of a glimpse of these majestic creatures.

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COP12 “Inflight Magazine - TRACKS” Scoops Publishing Awards

Exciting news has reached the CMS Secretariat that TRACKS, the special “Inflight Magazine” distributed to delegates attending the CMS COP12 in Manila in November 2017 has been nominated for two publishing awards.

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Opinion: Underwater Noise - the Not-so-Silent Killer

Marine experts gathered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from June 18-22, 2018 to discuss anthropogenic underwater noise.

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Opinion: The Planet's Pernicious Plastic Plague Peril

Thanks to the wonders of modern industrial technology we are now producing 20 times as much plastic as we were doing in 1964. If the current trend continues, output will double in 20 years and double again by 2050. Our hunger for the convenience of plastic products is insatiable.

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Opinion: Green Energy Will Help Lead the Way in Conservation

‘Location, location, location” is the real estate agent’s mantra when advising potential house-buyers about purchasing a property. It should also be the first, intermediate and final thought passing through the minds of designers of renewable energy projects.

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