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African States Make Long-term Commitment to Conserve Their Largest Carnivores

More than 30 countries hosting African Wild Dog, Cheetah, Leopard and Lion met in Bonn from 5 to 8 November 2018 to establish the African Carnivore Initiative. The initiative constitutes the first Africa-wide commitment towards saving African Wild Dog, Cheetah, Leopard and Lion. Habitat loss and fragmentation, prey depletion, retaliatory killing of carnivores by owners of livestock and increasing trade in lion specimens and live cheetah are the main reasons for these animals’ rapid decline across most of Africa.

13 November 2018

Connectivity Conservation: a Key Element of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

CMS and its Family set the course for developing their contributions to the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework which is expected to provide a "New Deal for Nature" for the entire international community. Two years away from its adoption, the post-2020 framework presents the opportunity to raise the visibility of migratory wildlife and promote its conservation. Last week, the CMS Standing Committee (Bonn, 23-24 October 2018) endorsed the establishment of a Working Group (WG) on the development of CMS Family contributions to the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

02 November 2018

Ten Years of International Collaboration to Conserve Birds of Prey

Abu Dhabi, 1 November 2018 – The Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU) celebra

01 November 2018

CMS Standing Committee Paves Way for New Compliance Mechanism

At its 48th Session, held 23-24 October, at the UN Premises in Bonn, Germany, the CMS Standing Committee, meeting for the first time in the 2018-2020 triennium took on the legacy of the Twelfth Conference of the Parties (COP12), paving the way for an important period for the Convention. The launch of the CMS Review Mechanism as well as the National Legislation Programme were highlights of the meeting.

31 October 2018

Think Like a Bird – Interview with Stephen Garnett

Stephen Garnett is an environmental scientist, who has been studying Australian birds since 1974. Stephen is also the Joint COP Appointed Councillor for Birds. He is currently on sabbatical at the CMS Secretariat and Christie Burley, an intern of the Joint CMS and AEWA Communications Unit, has taken the opportunity to interview Stephen on his recent paper published in Nature Sustainability and the work he is currently doing for CMS.

23 October 2018

Benefit Concert for Migratory Birds in Bologna

Bonn, 13 October 2018 - For the sixth consecutive year, the operatic choir Lirica San Rocco of the Lyrical Cultural Club from Bologna, Italy gave a ben

16 October 2018

Sooty Falcon Film Screening to Celebrate WMBD 2018

An award-winning documentary entitled The Migrant - Sooty Falcons in Oman was screened last evening at the Manarat Al Saadiyat cultural centre in Abu Dhabi to mark World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2018. Produced by an Omani-German team, the film documents efforts to study and conserve this long-range migratory bird. The Sooty Falcon (Falco concolor) is an elegant, medium-sized bird of prey. It breeds on islands and coastal or desert cliffs, primarily in the Middle and Near East regions and flies south to wintering areas on Madagascar and the south-eastern littoral zone of the African continent.

10 October 2018

UN-Cinema: CMS Partners in Film Screening at Deutsche Welle

UN Cinema screened the award-winning documentary “The Last Animals” with CMS, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Deutsche Welle as partners. The German UN Association NRW-Chapter (DGVN NRW) and the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), invited an interested audience to the event. It was hosted by Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle on 13 September in Bonn, Germany.

17 September 2018

New Study: Half the World’s Raptor Populations Are in Decline

A multi-authored scientific paper on the state of the world’s birds of prey and owls was published last week in Biological Conservation and is now freely available online. According to the research, 18% percent of raptors are threatened with extinction and 52% of raptors have declining global populations.

11 September 2018

Timor-Leste Becomes 27th Signatory to Dugong MOU

Timor-Leste has confirmed its support towards the protection of dugongs and their vital seagrass habitats by becoming the 27th Signatory to the CMS Dugong MOU. The Secretary of State for the Environment, H.E. Demétrio do Amaral de Carvalho signed the MOU earlier today at a signing ceremony in Dili, Timor-Leste.

10 September 2018