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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.

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

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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Wild Migration comment about the new NOPSEMA Environment Regulations

1st March 2014

Australian sealion. Photographer: Marty SnydermanOn 28 February 2014, amendments to the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Environment) Regulations 2009 (NOPSEMA Environment Regs) came into effect.

This process of ‘streamlining’ offshore petroleum regulation began some 18 months ago, with the objective of increasing efficiency and reducing duplication of environmental assessment processes for all petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters – a one stop shop.

Wild Migration will remain cautious with our praise about the NOPSEMA Environment Regs until the Bight Petroleum EP decision has been made.

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Seismic Seas: Wild Migration releases Technical and Policy Review #3

19th December 2013

Wild Migration releases Technical and Policy Review #3 - Seismic Seas: Understanding the impact of offshore seismic petroleum exploration surveys on marine species



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