The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (also known as CMS or Bonn Convention)
. Egypt has joined CMS 01.11.1983
. 9-11 Jan. 2011 - 11th Meeting of the League of Arab States Cairo, Egypt
Introduction to the Convention on Migratory Species
The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (also known as CMS or Bonn Convention) aims to conserve terrestrial, marine and avian migratory species throughout their range. It is an intergovernmental treaty, concluded under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme, concerned with the conservation of wildlife and habitats on a global scale. Since the Convention's entry into force, its membership has grown steadily to include 114 (as of 1 October 2010) Parties from Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. Click for Map of Parties.
As the only global convention specializing in the conservation of migratory species, their habitats and migration routes, CMS complements and co-operates with a number of other international organizations, NGOs and partners in the media as well as in the corporate sector.
Migratory species threatened with extinction are listed on Appendix I of the Convention. CMS Parties strive towards strictly protecting these animals, conserving or restoring the places where they live, mitigating obstacles to migration and controlling other factors that might endanger them. Besides establishing obligations for each State joining the Convention, CMS promotes concerted action among the Range States of many of these species.
Migratory species that need or would significantly benefit from international co-operation are listed in Appendix II of the Convention. For this reason, the Convention encourages the Range States to conclude global or regional Agreements.
In this respect, CMS acts as a framework Convention. The Agreements may range from legally binding treaties (called Agreements) to less formal instruments, such as Memoranda of Understanding, and can be adapted to the requirements of particular regions. The development of models tailored according to the conservation needs throughout the migratory range is a unique capacity to CMS.
Several Agreements have been concluded to date under the auspices of CMS. They aim to conserve:
Populations of European Bats
Cetaceans of the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area
Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North-East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas
Seals in the Wadden Sea
African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds
Albatrosses and Petrels
Gorillas and their Habitats
In addition, several Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) have been concluded to date under the auspices of CMS. They aim to conserve :
Marine Turtles of the Atlantic Coast of Africa
Marine Turtles and their Habitats of the Indian Ocean and South-East Asia
Middle-European Population of the Great Bustard
West-African Populations of the African Elephant
Cetaceans and their Habitats of the Pacific Island Region
Dugongs and their Habitats
Eastern Atlantic Populations of the Mediterranean Monk Seal
Ruddy-headed Goose (Argentina and Chile)
Grassland Birds of Southern South America
Birds of Prey of Africa and Eurasia
Small Cetaceans and Manatees of West Africa
High Andean Flamingoes and their Habitats
A Secretariat under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) provides administrative support to the Convention. The decision-making organ of the Convention is the Conference of the Parties (COP). A Standing Committee provides policy and administrative guidance between the regular meetings of the COP. A Scientific Council consisting of experts appointed by individual member States and by the COP, gives advice on technical and scientific matters.
Pls. visit original site: http://www.cms.int/about/intro.htm
. . 9-11 Jan. 2011 - 11th Meeting of the League of Arab States Cairo, Egypt
31ST JAN 2011 ****** DEADLINE Egypt TO SUBMIT.. for COP10 party meeting nov 2011 in Norway scheduled. and all countries.. i.e. Ukraine..
thoughts: action - if we can get Ukraine to update their focus on the dolphins - last 2008 report Ukraine omitted info on their report related to dolphin questionnaire.
Below is link to one of the 2 agreements Egypt signed ACCOBAMS, And the last party meeting annual reports from both Egypt and Ukraine (where some of the dolphins come from that are imported here).
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