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You, Come Home When I Am Big!

A short film titled „You, come home when I am big“ depicting the hazardous first moments in the lives of turtle hatchlings has been produced to coincide with the CMS COP13. The film was made by Ajit Samal who is a celebrated fine art painter has been making wildilfe films and documentaries for over 20 years. Based at Gujarat, he has contributed many productions concerning the conservation of species including the White-backed Vulture, the Asiatic Lion, the Asiatic Wild Ass, the Sarus Crane, Olive Ridley Turtles and the Whale Shark, as well as the Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary and Ramsar site and hte vuklture poisoning crisis.

18 February 2020

Climate Change and Adaptation on COP13 Agenda

The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) is to evaluate the impacts of climate change on a range of focal species and ecosystems with a view to helping species adapt to a warming world. Last month was the hottest January ever recorded with global temperatures 1.14 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average. It follows the second hottest year on record, and the warmest decade since records began, according to the UN.

16 February 2020

High-level Dialogue to Feed into Post-2020 UN Biodiversity Meeting

Outcomes from a High-level Segment taking place on the eve of CMS COP13 will help to ensure that migratory species are prioritized in a new 10-year UN global biodiversity framework. CMS COP13 will kick off the ‘super year’ for biodiversity, which will culminate in the adoption of the new framework during the UN Biodiversity Conference in October.

16 February 2020

New Proposals to Mitigate Effects of Infrastructure

Gandhinagar, India, 15 February 2020 - Roads, railway tracks and fences can create barriers to the movement of animals, many of which are hit and kil
15 February 2020

Gobi Bear, Persian Leopard and Wild Sheep Set for Greater Protection

Bonn, 14 February 2020 – The Gobi Bear – the only bear living in the desert - the Persian Leopard and the Urial, a wild sheep, are set to join other
14 February 2020

Massive Insect Decline Poses a New Threat to Migratory Species

For the first time, insect decline and its cascading effects on migratory species feeding on them will be on the agenda of a CMS COP. About half of all insect species are rapidly declining. A third face extinction, including generalist species which were once common and widespread. IPBES highlighted the dramatic loss of biodiversity and biomass in its global assessment report.

12 February 2020

Amy Fraenkel Appointed as Executive Secretary of CMS

Amy Fraenkel was confirmed yesterday as the Executive Secretary of CMS having served in an acting capacity since May last year. Ms Fraenkel has over 30 years of experience in international environmental law and policy. She has held senior positions in UN agencies, the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. Government, and the private sector.

11 February 2020

New Guidelines Proposed to Address Light Pollution

The magical nocturnal spectacle of dancing fireflies could become a rare sight in the future. Light pollution is being cited as a leading threat to fireflies and other insects. In addition, declines in insect populations directly affect animals that feed on them. And, by brightening the night sky, artificial light impacts other species, too. Turtles, seabirds and shorebirds, as well as ecosystems at large are under threat. Light pollution can disrupt critical behaviour in wildlife, stall the recovery of threatened species and interfere with their ability to undertake long-distance migrations integral to their life cycle.

11 February 2020

Global Action on Aquatic Wild Meat to Benefit Wildlife and People

Decisions at CMS COP13 will result in targeted action on aquatic wild meat, which is a fast-emerging threat on a scale similar to that facing terrestrial animals. The CMS Aquatic Wild Meat Working Group – which has focused mainly on mammals and reptiles - is poised to expand its scope to cover all shark and ray species listed on CMS Appendix I. Criteria will also be developed to consider aquatic species listed on Appendix II, while more attention will be given to the harvesting of seabirds.

10 February 2020

CMS COP13 in 2020 Will Kick Off Big Year for Biodiversity

The "super year" for biodiversity will kick off with the Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13).

06 January 2020