20 Nov 2011

10th conference of Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species

By Adrian Long

A delegation of 20 staff from around the BirdLife Partnership, including representatives of Partners in Africa, the Americas, Central Asia and Western Europe, is attending the 10th conference of Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) in Bergen, Norway. Their urgent mission is to seek endorsement for a number of resolutions.

One resolution calls for broad-scale action to improve the conservation status of African-Eurasian migratory landbirds  which, if adopted, could help halt or reverse the catastrophic decline in numbers of many species of birds which migrate long-distance between Europe and Africa.  Another addresses the specific issue of poisoning, which is not yet covered by the kind of international guidelines to governments that the CMS has provided on mitigating the impact of windfarms and powerlines on migratory birds. 

Full details on the resolutions that BirdLife are supporting are found on the following links The conservation status of migratory landbirds in the African-Eurasian region Minimising the risk of poisoning to migratory birds Powerlines and migratory birds Migratory species conservation in the light of climate change Proposal to include Saker Falcon on Appendix 1 of the Convention on Migratory Species