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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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

Proposals for new species to be listed on the CMS Appendices released

12th June 2014

Asiatic lion. Photographer: Sumeet MogheAmong the listing proposals received from countries for CMS CoP11 are a large number of shark and ray species including two types of Hammerhead shark, the Silky shark, three species of thresher sharks, the Reef Manta Ray along with nine Mobula Ray species. In addition, five species of sawfishes, some of which are critically endangered, have been proposed for listing.

Other species put forward by individual CMS Parties for consideration by CMS CoP11 include the Polar Bear, the Asiatic lion as well as the European Eel.

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Impressive results from community consultation workshops

22nd May 2014

Wild Migration has released its 4th Wild Migration releases Technical and Policy Review: A community consultation model for offshore petroleum exploration proposals, about a model community consultation design process.

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Developing a CMS Programme of Work on Climate Change and Migratory Species

14th April 2014

Polar bear. Photographer: Alan Wilson CMS has recently held a workshop of national representatives and experts in Guácimo, Costa Rica from 9-11 April in the light of new information published on climate change.

The workshop coincided with the release of the latest Assessment Report (AR5) of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which also warns about the impacts of climate change on many plant and animal species.

Wild Migration is strategically working towards a listing of polar bear on CMS Appendix I, at CMS CoP11 in recognition of the urgent and globally shared responsibility to protect polar bear habitat from climate change.

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