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Wild Migration: Building capacity for conservation of migratory wildlife

Wild Migration Projects

Wild Migration Projects is our programme to build the capacity of wildlife scientists, wildlife policy experts and non-governmental organisations in developing regions to utilise international processes for migratory and transboundary wildlife conservation.

Polar bear. Photographer: Alan D Wilson

Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) are decreasing in many parts of their range, and many scientists are predicting that two-thirds of polar bears will be gone by mid-century.

Orca. Photographer: unknown

The passages between the many islands of the Solomon and Bismarck Seas are important migratory species corridors, yet noise, marine pollution and destructive fishing by distant water industrial fishing fleets are uncontrolled.

Australian sea lion

Endangered sea lions (Neophoca cinerea) are threatened by proposals to explore for oil and gas in their feeding grounds off the west coast of Kangaroo Island

CMS Collaboration. Photo: iStockPhoto

Building the capacity of wildlife scientists, wildlife policy experts and non-governmental organizations in developing regions to utilize international processes for migratory and trans-boundary wildlife conservation is crucial.

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Loud. Louder. Lifeless.

Whales are stranding, shoals of fish are collapsing, and sea turtles are fleeing. Ocean noise pollution is claiming more and more victims. Levels of anthropogenic (human-generated) noise have doubled every decade for the past 60 years. This noise is caused by military sonar, oil & gas exploration and ships. Wild Migration has joined the Silent Oceans campaign to protect marine animals.

Read the 10 step blueprint against ocean noise
Visit the Silent Oceans campaign site
Read Drowning in Sound

Historic CMS CoP11 passes profound wildlife conservation decisions

9th November 2014

Polar bear. Photogrpaher: Alan WilsonCMS CoP11 has concluded, marking it's place in conservation history as a historic and profound conservation meeting.

Thirty-one proposals to add species to the Convention’s Appendix I and II were approved. These included the addition of a record number of 21 shark, ray and sawfish species; Cuvier’s beaked-whale; polar bear; semipalmated sandpiper; the great knot; the European roller; great bustard; Canada warbler; red-fronted gazelle; white-eared kob and the European eel.

A very important resolution for Wild Migration was also adopted to enhance the relationship with civil society and in particular NGOs.

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Crucial Civil Society Resolution to be decided at CMS CoP11

2nd November 2014

Between Monday 3rd November and Sunday 9th November, CMS CoP11 will deliberate many important conservation issues, including protecting polar bears, Cuvier's beaked whales, saker falcon, African Eurasian landbirds and sharks. Wildlife crime and cetacean culture will be some of the overarching topics, which will also include a crucial Resolution on Enhancing the Relationship Between the CMS Family and Civil Society.



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San Francisco recognises whales' and dolphins' right to freedom

23rd October 2014

Orca. Photographer: Minette LayneBy guest commentator, Philippa Brakes, WDC

Reports are emerging of a landmark resolution passed this week by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors recognising whales' and dolphins' right to freedom from captivity.

According to reports the resolution states that whales and dolphins deserve ‘to be free of captivity, and to remain unrestricted in their natural environment’. The resolution was championed by Commissioner Russell Tenofsky and backed by both San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener, Dr Lori Marino and sponsored by Earth Island Institute’s International Marine Mammal Project.

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