Related CMS Resolutions, Publications & Articles
10.26. Minimizing the Risk of Poisoning to Migratory Birds [PDF]
Recognizing that, under Article II of the Convention, Party Range States agree to take action for the conservation of migratory species whenever possible and appropriate, paying special attention to migratory species, the conservation status of which is unfavourable, and taking individually or in cooperation appropriate and necessary steps to conserve such species and their habitats.
11.15 Preventing Poisoning of Migratory Birds [PDF]
Recognizing that Article III (4)(b) of the Convention requires Parties that are Range States of migratory species listed in Appendix I to endeavour “to prevent, remove,compensate for or minimize, as appropriate, the adverse effects of activities or obstacles that seriously impede or prevent the migration of the species”.
11.16 The Prevention of Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds [PDF]
Recalling Article III (5) of the Convention which provides for Parties that are Range States to prohibit the taking of species included in Appendix I, and Article V(5) (k) on Guidelines for AGREEMENTS which suggests, where appropriate and feasible, each Agreement should prepare for procedures for co-ordinating action to suppress illegal taking;
Guidelines to Prevent the Risk of Poisoning to Migratory Birds [PDF]
Following Resolution 10.26 on Minimizing the Risk of Poisoning to Migratory Birds, several documents have been prepared including: a “Review of the ecological effects of poisoning on migratory birds”; “Guidelines to Prevent Poisoning of Migratory Birds”; and a draft Resolution on “Preventing Poisoning of Migratory Birds”. To undertake this task, a Working Group was established under the Scientific Council and a Coordinator of the Working Group was appointed in January 2013, thanks to the financial support of the United Kingdom and the Coordinating Unit of the UNEP/CMS Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU).
Review of the Ecological Effects of Poisoning on Migratory Birds [PDF]
The present Report has been elaborated by the CMS Preventing Poisoning Working Group to serve as background information to the draft Resolution on “Preventing Poisoning of Migratory Birds” and the “Guidelines to Prevent Poisoning of Migratory Birds” submitted to COP11 in document UNEP/CMS/COP11/Doc.23.1.2.
A Review of Migratory Bird Flyways and Priorities for Management [PDF]
The phenomenon of bird migration has been a source of wonder for man since time immemorial. However, the biological integrity of this intricate seasonal journey, which covers a network of several biomes across different frontiers and continents, is being compromised due to a plethora of threats and challenges, and consequently the vulnerability of migrat ory birds is increasing worldwide.
Countries Meet to Tackle Poisoning of Birds in Southern Africa
Representatives of countries and wildlife experts met in Cape Town, South Africa on 24 August, to address poisoning of migratory birds, a problem that also threatens important predators. The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) and the CMS Memorandum of Understanding on Birds of Prey (CMS Raptors MOU), all three instruments administered by the United Nations Environment Programme, have convened the international meeting. (Read more)
Opinion: Tackling Africa's Impending Vulture Crisis
Lightning never strikes the same place twice, or history always repeats itself? Unfortunately in the case of vultures, nature's "clean-up" crew, the latter applies -- with African populations of these useful birds facing catastrophic declines -- just as their South Asian counterparts did in the 1990s. Patricia Zurita and Bradnee Chambers explain the importance of protecting vultures, whose vital ecological role has a direct bearing on human health. (Read more)
Countries Meet to Tackle Threats to Europe’s Most Endangered Bird of Prey
Government officials, NGOs and experts from over 30 countries met from 5 to 8 July in Sofia, Bulgaria, to develop a Flyway Action Plan for the Egyptian Vulture. For the first time more than 70 representatives from Africa, Asia and Europe came together to save one of the most endangered species of birds of prey on earth. The meeting was jointly organized by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BirdLife Bulgaria) in the frame of the LIFE+ project “The Return of the Neophron”, and the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU), which was concluded under UNEP Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). (Read more)
Declaration by Participants of the Egyptian Vulture Flyway Action Planning Workshop [PDF]
We, seventy representatives of Governments, local authorities, nature conservation organizations and universities from 33 countries gathered in Sofia, Bulgaria in the framework of the Egyptian Vulture Flyway Action Plan workshop, jointly hosted by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BirdLife Bulgaria) and the Coordinating Unit of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU);
Recognizing that the Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) is one of our region’s most threatened bird species (classified by the IUCN Red List as ‘Endangered’) due to rapid and continuing population declines for over 20 years.