BirdLife team helps Convention on Migratory Species take significant steps forward for the conservation of migratory birds

The Whitethroat is one of many landbird species whose population have declined (John-Bridges/rspb-images)

The 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) made a number of decisions that should lead to significant improvements in the conservation status of the world’s migratory birds.

As well as agreeing a new policy framework for streamlining of conservation work across the world’s flyways, resolutions were adopted that should see the development of a flyway action plan for African-Eurasian landbirds, the development of guidelines on minimizing poisoning of birds and the application of updated guidelines on minimizing the impacts of powerlines on birds.

“The excellent spirit of collaboration among delegates from both the governmental and non-governmental sectors as well as other stakeholders at COP10 was a demonstration that the CMS is The global intergovernmental framework for delivering on the ground species conservation” said Nicola Crockford, head of the BirdLife delegation. “The CMS’s importance for delivering BirdLife’s conservation objectives continues to grow as its future shape evolves.”

Resolution 10.27 on Improving the Conservation Status of Migratory Landbirds in the African Eurasian Region was proposed by Ghana following a meeting with the High Commissioner for Ghana at the British Birdwatching Fair in August. The resolution seeks to improve the conservation status of these mostly passerine species, which are probably declining faster than any other suite of birds in the region.

Most African-Eurasian migratory landbirds are not covered by current flyway initiatives and conservation activities. They tend to be widely dispersed, migrating over a broad front, and face a range of different threats on their breeding, passage and wintering grounds. To address these, thanks to the support of the Government of Switzerland, an international action plan will be developed during the course of the next three years coordinated through the forum of the CMS.

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