In Memoriam – Hugh Boyd

Hugh was a pioneer of waterbird science and helped lay the foundations of AEWA as well as being a great supporter of the Ramsar Convention. In the UK, he helped establish from scratch a great deal of the essential work, now taken for granted, such as systematic counts, the use of ringing in understanding demographics, studies of age ratios and aerial surveys.

07 July 2016

AEWA Strategic Plan Revision Process Starts in Bonn – Top Priorities for Flyway Conservation Identified up to 2027

The development of a revised strategic plan for the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) for the period 2019 – 2027 was formally launched at the meeting of the AEWA Strategic Plan Working Group held 28 – 30 June at the United Nations Premises in Bonn, Germany.

01 July 2016

CMS Family Welcomes Incoming UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim

Erik Solheim has taken up his appointment as the new Executive Director of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), replacing Achim Steiner, who served as Executive Director of UNEP for ten years from 2006.

27 June 2016

UNEP Expands Access to Vast Body of Environmental Law

Imagine for a moment that a delegate from a state has to prepare a briefing on flyway conservation ahead of a major international conference. Previously, this delegate would have had to wade through a bewildering array of websites, trawling the internet for relevant information on legislative action and jurisprudence on flyway conservation.

26 June 2016

Twenty Years of UN Presence in Bonn

The Secretariats of the Convention and the Bonn-based Agreements are participating in a new venture – a joint website of the 18 UN agencies located in the city.

22 June 2016

World Migratory Bird Day 2016

Every year more than 25 million of migratory birds are illegally killed or taken across the Mediterranean. They are shot or caught with nets and other indiscriminate traps. With the slogan “… and when the skies fall silent? Stop the illegal killing, taking and trade!”, World Migratory Bird Day 2016 highlighted the incredible numbers of migratory birds being lost each year as a result of these activities.

08 June 2016

CIC General Assembly 63: New Focus on Migratory Birds

Belgium hosted the 63rd General Assembly of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) under the slogan “Hunting is Conservation”, from 22 April to 23 April 2016 in Brussels. Some 400 participants from 36 countries from around the world attended the meeting, comprising international organizations, government delegations, hunting organizations, scientists and academics.

31 May 2016

UNEA Event Spotlights Wildlife-friendly Energy Deployment

The CMS Family and BirdLife International joined forces at the Second Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) to raise awareness of guidelines devised to ensure that renewable energy installations are deployed in ways that have no adverse impact on migratory species such as birds and bats.

24 May 2016

EU LIFE+ Project for Globally Threatened Lesser White-fronted Goose Wins European Natura 2000 Award

The EU LIFE+ project “Safeguarding the Lesser White-fronted Goose along its European Flyways” (LIFE10NAT/GR/638) is amongst this year’s winners of the European Natura 2000 Award, which were announced on the 23rd of May in Brussels during an evening awards ceremony hosted by the European Commission. The project came first in the category “Cross-border cooperation and Networking”.

24 May 2016

XXI Meeting of the Canada/Mexico/U.S. Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management

The slogan of the XXI Meeting of the Trilateral Committee held in Ottawa, 16-19 May was “Celebrating 100 years of conservation of migratory birds and their habitats and looking ahead to the next 100 years”. Collaboration in the field of bird conservation dates in North America back to the tragic conclusion of an environmental catastrophe. In 1914, what had been the most abundant bird species in North America, the Passenger Pigeon, went extinct with the death of Martha, the last lonely bird of her kind. In 1916, the Canadian, Charles Gordon Hewitt, drafted the Migratory Bird Convention to protect migratory birds from egg and nest collectors and unregulated hunting.

23 May 2016