World Migratory Bird Day 2020

On Saturday, 9 May 2020, people around the world will celebrate World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) – a global campaign dedicated to raising awareness of migratory birds and the need for international cooperation to conserve them. This year the theme of World Migratory Bird Day is “Birds Connect Our World” and was chosen to highlight the importance of conserving and restoring the ecological connectivity and integrity of ecosystems that support the natural cycles that are essential for the survival and well-being of migratory birds.

29 April 2020

Great Apes May Be Susceptible to COVID-19

Experts have concluded that great apes may also be susceptible to COVID-19. Both the IUCN Wildlife Health Specialist Group and the IUCN Primate Specialist Group emphasize that, while there are no reported cases of great apes having been infected, it is safe to assume that they are susceptible to COVID-19. Previous studies have shown that great apes are susceptible to infection with human respiratory pathogens.  The Gorilla and the Chimpanzee are protected under the Convention on Migratory Species.

21 April 2020

Today is World Wildlife Day

“Sustaining all life on Earth” is the theme of this year’s World Wildlife Day (WWD) reflecting the importance of the sustainable use of natural resources as well as highlighting wild animal and plant species as key components of the world’s biodiversity. The theme also aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, especially the goals addressing life below water, life on land, eradicating poverty and ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns.

03 March 2020

Africa-Wide Conservation Strategy for Giraffe

Gandhinagar, 20 February 2020 - A century ago, more than one million Giraffe used to roam across sub-Saharan Africa.

20 February 2020

CMS Raptors MOU Welcomes Ethiopia as a Signatory

Gandhinagar, 19 February 2020 - Ethiopia has today signed the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Memorandum o
19 February 2020

CMS to Present Preliminary Review of the Conservation Status of Migratory Species

A preliminary review of the conservation status of CMS-listed migratory species will be presented to CMS COP13 on Wednesday 19 February, highlighting priority areas for further development.

19 February 2020

Side Event on Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Wild Birds

A side event is being co-hosted by the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), BirdLife International, the European Federation for Hunting and Conservation (FACE), and the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF).

19 February 2020

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