Order print   subscribe new

CMS protection

Better Protection For Hammerheads & Mantas 

Hammerhead shark, reef manta ray, Cuvier's beaked whale and polar bear gain greater international protection

The 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) concluded on Sunday after six days of intense negotiations aiming to set conservation actions for the benefit of the world’s migratory species for the coming years.

More than 900 representatives of parties, non-parties, IGOs, NGOs and the media together with a large number of leading experts came together at the conference held in Quito, Ecuador to discuss conservation efforts to protect migratory species.

'From plastic pollution in our oceans, to the effects of climate change, to poaching and overexploitation, the threats migratory animals face will eventually affect us all', said Bradnee Chambers, the Convention’s Executive Secretary.

A record of 31 proposals to add species to the Convention’s two appendices were approved. These included the addition of 21 shark, ray and sawfish species proposed by Kenya, Egypt, the European Union, Fiji, Costa Rica and Ecuador.

Cuvier’s beaked-whale proposed by the European Union was added to Appendix I and the Polar Bear (Norway) was added to Appendix II.

'The decisions made by Governments at the CMS Conference reflects the growing awareness that the responsibility for protecting wildlife is a shared one, and that the threats to wildlife can be tackled most effectively through global cooperation,' said Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, which administers the Convention. 'International agreements such as the CMS work on behalf of citizens and communities around the world who wish to conserve and protect our natural heritage. They are an expression of our shared commitment that the pursuit of human development does not come at the expense of our natural world,' said Steiner.

mulipack

THREE AMAZING DIVE eBOOKS - FREE

Love diving? You'll love these. Sign up today to immediately download our unique FREE gifts -

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 WRECKS - DIVE's 70-page, beautifully illustrated, colour guide to the world’s best wrecks

SCUBA STORIES - DIVE's collection of real life stories where divers, who have got themselves into perilous situations, describe how they reacted and what actions they took to ensure they lived to tell the tale

PACIFICHighlights of the Pacific - Dancing mantas in Hawaii • The Best Diving in the World, Galápagos, Cocos, Malpelo & Socorro • Mass Spawning Events in Palau

Signupad

Latest Articles

BuyDive2

Destinations Spotlight

Need inspiration for your next dive trip? Try one of our featured destinations from DIVE's travel partners.

sidebar bahamas sidebar philippines sidebar mexico sidebar fijisidebar st helena

DIVE Partners

WAKATOBI DIVE-online-300x100-BSiladen 300x100Aggressor 300x100Fisheye banner 300 x 100Oblu 100px X 300pxparalenzuk2

 

Read DIVE magazine

DIVE magazine is available to read on many devices. Simply click one one of the options below


PCMac final
Apple finalAndroid final