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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

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.

10 October 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

Vulture Conservation Highlights on IVAD

Vultures are a vital component of the environments they inhabit. These avian scavengers clean up carcasses and organic waste in the environment, providing critically important ecosystem services. Unfortunately, over the years vulture populations have drastically declined and some of the species face extinction. The population declines have mainly occurred due to direct and indirect poisoning, persecution, electrocution and collision, and reduced food availability. International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) offers an opportunity to spread awareness on the need to conserve vultures and to highlight vulture conservation initiatives such as those led or supported by the CMS Raptors MOU.

02 September 2018

Broadcasting Live from the Nest of the Endangered Egyptian Vulture

Everyone can observe live moments from the life of the endangered Egyptian Vultures and their dedicated care for their young chicks. This is a unique opportunity to access such a rare species through modern technology: the camera enabling observation of wild Egyptian Vultures’ nest online is the only of its kind in the world.

02 July 2018

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. Funded by the EU, LIFE EuroSAP involves 13 partners and covers 16 species the populations of which have been in continuing decline.

06 June 2018

Strategic Planning Consultancy at Raptors MOU

The Coordinating Unit of the Raptors MOU is seeking a consultant to provide Strategic Planning Support covering three areas of work: to lead the development of a Strategic Implementation Plan for the Multi-species Action Plan to Conserve African-Eurasian Vulture (Vulture MsAP); to review the Action Plan of the MOU; and, to develop a National Report Form for Signatories.

11 May 2018

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. The main item under discussion was how migratory birds can be better protected at every point of their arduous journeys along the flyways.

04 May 2018

Raptors MOU Activities Showcased at Global Flyways Summit

The Coordinating Unit of the Raptors MOU welcomed the opportunity to actively participate in the Summit for the Flyways on 23-26 April at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The summit was hosted by the International Fund for Houbara Foundation and convened by BirdLife International.

27 April 2018

2018: A New World Migratory Bird Day

On 26 October 2017 on the sidelines of the CMS COP12 in Manila, Environment for the Americas (EFTA), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), announced an innovative partnership to boost awareness of the plight of migratory birds around the world. The new partnership formally unites two of the world’s largest bird education campaigns, International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) and World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) in a bid to strengthen recognition and appreciation of migratory birds and highlight the urgent need for their conservation.

27 December 2017