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Bosnia and Herzegovina – CMS Party No. 126

CMS is pleased to welcome Bosnia and Herzegovina as the 126th Party to the Convention with effect from today. Bosnia and Herzegovina is situated in the Balkan Peninsula with borders to Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro and a coastline of 20 km on the Adriatic. The central and eastern parts of the country are mountainous, the north-west is hilly while the north-east is generally flat. Most of the country has a continental climate but in the far south it is more Mediterranean.

01 December 2017

CMS Dugong MOU Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

The CMS Memorandum of Understanding on Conservation and Management of Dugongs and their Habitats throughout Their Range (Dugong MOU) just celebrated its ten year anniversary. The MOU came into effect on 31 October 2007 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, which in 2009 became the home of the CMS Dugong MOU Secretariat.

28 November 2017

Addressing the Impact of Underwater Noise by Hydrocarbon Exploration in South-Eastern European Waters

During a two-day workshop on 22 and 23 November in Split, Croatia, 62 participants from 17 countries discussed impacts of underwater noise on marine wildlife in south-eastern Mediterranean waters. Searching for new hydrocarbon reservoirs to exploit faces criticism due to its consequences for the world’s climate. Another major concern is the noise by airguns used for oil exploration.

24 November 2017

Côte d’Ivoire Signs Sharks and Raptors MOUs

At a second special ceremony held yesterday in the margins of the UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn, Minister Anne Désirée Ouloto of Côte d’Ivoire signed the Memoranda of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks and on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU). Côte d’Ivoire thus becomes the 48th Signatory to the Sharks MOU and the 59th Signatory to the Raptors MOU.

17 November 2017

UNFCCC COP23 – Energy Task Force Promotes Renewable Energy Deployment in Harmony with Nature

At a side event organized by CMS, BirdLife International, NABU (the German conservation NGO) and ORÉE, the French organization for respect for the environment and enterprise, an expert panel described the risks to the environment as more renewable energy technologies are deployed. “Win-win” solutions are available, where clean energy can be produced to contribute to achieving a carbon-free future, while taking account of the need to reduce the impact on wildlife.

16 November 2017

Madagascar Signs Sharks MOU

Dr Johanita Benedicte Ndahimananjara, Minister of the Environment, Ecology and Forests of Madagascar signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks

15 November 2017

COP23 Side Event: Promoting Renewable Energy Deployment in Harmony with Nature

The Multi-stakeholder Energy Task Force convened under the auspices of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) is holding a side event tomorrow in the margins of the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP23). Achieving the goals set at the Paris Climate Conference in 2015 requires a rapid transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies. However, if poorly planned, the deployment of new technologies could have negative impacts on nature, compromising the efforts being made to meet the relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other international commitments under treaties such as CMS and its related agreements.

13 November 2017

Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Coastal Areas

International Experts Share Approaches to Conserve Tidal Mud Flats

08 November 2017

Dominican Republic – CMS Party No. 125

CMS is pleased to welcome the Dominican Republic as the 125thParty to the Convention with effect from today. The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern part of the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles and has one of the region’s most varied climates, with rain forest conditions prevailing in the coastal and lowland areas. The island is prone to hurricanes which are most likely to occur from August to October, and was badly affected by Hurricane Maria in September this year.

01 November 2017

Protecting Chimps Is in Our Self-Interest

Chimpanzees - which share some 99 per cent of their DNA with us - are in trouble, despite national protection efforts across Africa, says the world-renowned conservationist Ian Redmond. “Although our zoological next of kin with the widest distribution of any ape apart from ourselves, they are an endangered species. Most are declining in number - victims of habitat loss and poaching - and have been extirpated in at least three, possibly five other countries,” he said.

27 October 2017