Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS)

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History

under the terms of Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (Bonn Convention), concluded 23 June 1979, Bonn (Germany FR), which entered into force on 1 Nov 1983. Operations commenced, Nov 1984. Administered by: United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment).

Aims

Provide secretariat function for the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals; obtain information to further the objectives and implementation of the Convention and arrange for the appropriate dissemination of such information; draw the attention of the Conference of the Parties to matters pertaining to the objectives of the Convention.

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Activities

Compiles, maintains and publishes a Range State list for all migratory species listed on the Appendices to the Convention; prepares reports on the work of the Secretariat and on implementation of the Convention for the Conference of the Parties; compiles reports on selected migratory species that are endangered; arranges for services for meetings of the Conference of the Parties, the Scientific Council and the Standing Committee; maintains liaison with and promotes liaison between the Parties, standing bodies set up under agreements and other international organizations concerned with migratory species; under the direction of the Conference of the Parties, promotes conclusion of agreements; maintains and makes available to the Parties a list of agreements and provides information on such agreements if required by the Conference of the Parties; maintains and publishes a list of recommendations made by the Conference of the Parties; provides information for the general public concerning the Convention and its objectives; develops annual campaigns built around migratory species or group of species.

Works on development of agreements:

 • Agreement on the Conservation of Gorillas and Their Habitats (concluded 2007, in force 2008);

 • Agreement on the Conservation of Seals in the Wadden Sea (concluded 1990, in force 1991);

 • Agreement on the Conservation of Populations of European Bats (EUROBATS) (concluded 1991, in force 1994);

 • Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS) (concluded 1991, in force 1994);

 • African-Eurasian Migratory /Water Bird/ Agreement (AEWA) (concluded 1995, in force 1999);

 • Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS) (concluded 1996, in force 2001);

 • Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) (concluded 2001, in force 2004);

 • Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Conservation Measures for the Siberian Crane, 1993 (concluded 1993, in force 1999);

 • Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Conservation Measures for the Slender-billed Curlew (concluded 1994, in force 1994);

 • Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Conservation Measures for Marine Turtles of the Atlantic Coast of Africa (concluded 1999, in force 1999);

 • Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of the Middle-European Population of the Great Bustard - Otis Tarda (concluded 2000, in force 2001);

 • Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of Marine Turtles and Their Habitats of the Indian Ocean and South-East Asia (concluded 2001, in force 2001);

 • Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Conservation and Restoration of the Bukhara Deer (concluded 2002, in force 2002);

 • Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Conservation Measures for the Aquatic Warbler (concluded 2003, in force 2003).

 • Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Conservation Measures for the West African Populations of the African Elephant - Loxodonta Africana (concluded 2005);

 • Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Use of the Saiga Antelope - Saiga Tatarica Tatarica (concluded 2005, in force 2006);

 • Memorandum of Understanding for the Conservation of Cetaceans and Their Habitats in the Pacific Islands Region (concluded 2006, in force 2006);

 • Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Conservation Measures for the Ruddy-headed Goose - Chloephaga Rubidiceps (concluded 2006, in force 2006);

 • Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of Dugongs - Dugong Dugon - and Their Habitats Throughout Their Range (UNEP/CMS Dugong MoU) (concluded 2007, in force 2007);

 • Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Southern South American Migratory Grassland Bird Species and Their Habitats (concluded 2007, in force 2007);

 • Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of High Andean Flamingos and Their Habitats (concluded 2008, in force 2008);

 • Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Conservation Measures for the Eastern Atlantic Populations of the Mediterranean Monk Seal - Monachus Monachus (concluded 2007, in force 2007);

 • Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (concluded 2008, in force 2008);

 • Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Conservation of the Manatee and Small Cetaceans of Western Africa and Macaronesia (concluded 2008, in force 2008);

 • 'Memorandum of understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks' (2010);

 • 'Memorandum of Understanding between the Argentine Republic and the Republic of Chile concerning the Conservation of the Southern Huemul (Hippocamelus bisulcus)' (2010).

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 10 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 13 non-governmental organizations.
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Members

Members in 125 countries
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Subjects *

  • Biosciences
    • Evolution and Species
  • Zoology
    • Animals
  • Geography
    • Wild
  • Law
    • Agreements
  • Conservation
    • Conservation

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

UIA Org ID

F0407

Last News Received

20. Feb 2018
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