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CMS Executive Secretary at Philippines Environment Summit

The 2nd Philippine Environment Summit is a celebration of the Philippine environmental movement showcasing programmes and projects that contribute to social and economic advancement, while taking into account the need to protect the environment.

22 February 2018

Big Cats: Predators under Threat -World Wildlife Day 2018

The theme for next month’s World Wildlife Day being celebrated around the world on 3 March will be “Big Cats: Predators under Threat”. World Wildlife Day, led by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), brings together a coalition of conservation organizations – joined this year for the first time by African Parks, Panthera and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The campaign will stress the importance of actions – at the international, national and personal level – to ensure that big cat species survive in the face of a range of largely human-induced threats.

20 February 2018

CMS Executive Secretary Attends Polar Bear Range States’ Meeting

CMS Executive Secretary, Bradnee Chambers has been attending the biennial meeting of the Polar Bear Ranges States, which was held on this occasion in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA. The Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) was added to Appendix II of CMS at the 11th Conference of the Parties in Quito in 2014. Appendix II listing means that Range States are encouraged to conclude agreements for the benefit of the species involved; the Polar Bear Agreement meets the criteria laid out in Article V of the Convention.

09 February 2018

World Wetlands Day - Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future

It is a common misconception to think of nature being confined to the countryside with urban areas being bereft of wildlife – foxes are not an uncommon sight in London, there are goshawks in Berlin, Peregrine Falcons can often be seen flying round and even perching on the UN building in Bonn and giraffes and rhinos roam in the Nairobi National Park against the backdrop of the city’s skyscrapers just a few kilometres away.

01 February 2018

Northern Indian Ocean Marine Turtle Task Force Develops Regional Work Plan

The 2nd meeting of the Northern Indian Ocean Marine Turtle Task Force (NIO-MTTF) established by the CMS IOSEA Marine Turtle MOU took place 29-30 January hosted by the Department of Wildlife Conservation, Sri Lanka in Colombo. Opened by Secretary Douglas Nanayakkara of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, the meeting’s main aim was to reach agreement on concerted regional actions to conserve marine turtles.

30 January 2018

The Conservation Roadmap for the African Wild Ass

We are happy to announce the publication of the Roadmap for the Conservation of the African Wild Ass Equus africanus. The object of this Roadmap is to outline in broad terms the geographic range, population, habitat and ecology of African Wild Ass and the threats that they are facing. This Roadmap builds on information discussed at the Range State meeting held in March 2017 in Bonn, Germany, and a commenting process that followed.

25 January 2018

“Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation”: WMBD 2018 Theme Highlights New Global Dimension

On 26 October 2017 in the margins 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 increase 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 global recognition and appreciation of migratory birds and highlight the urgent need for their conservation.

23 January 2018

Scientists Confirm Cause of Saiga Mass Mortality Event in Central Asia

In May 2015, the world witnessed the unprecedented death of over 200,000 Saiga Antelopes in Kazakhstan. The mortality hit more than 80 per cent of the population in the Betpak-Dala region of the Central Asian country. Pasteurella multocida bacteria caused the catastrophic decline which left 200,000 animals of the Critically Endangered species dead. This corresponds to a 62 per cent crash in the global population within just three weeks.

17 January 2018

Deputy Executive Secretary, Bert Lenten, Retires

After a long and distinguished career in the CMS Family, Lambertus “Bert” Lenten, the Deputy Executive Secretary of CMS has retired. Bert’s connection to CMS started when he was appointed interim Executive Secretary of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) in January 1996. Based in the Division for International Nature Conservation of the Directorate for Nature with the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture Nature and Fisheries in The Hague, Bert organized the first Meeting of the Parties, which took place at Somerset West, near Cape Town in 1999.

12 January 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