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GFCM Proclaims Day Against IUU Fishing; CBD Notifies on Underwater Noise and EBSAs [viewed]

cms-cbd-faoJune 2015: On the occasion of its thirty-ninth annual session, the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) adopted four binding recommendations setting emergency measures for small pelagic fisheries in the Adriatic Sea, standards for bottom trawling demersal fisheries in the Strait of Sicily, and measures to ensure sustainable fisheries management and to deter illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Black Sea. Members of the GFCM also proclaimed 24 April of each year as “International day against IUU fishing.”

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AEWA Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Action Against Elephant Poaching Increased [viewed]

cites-aewa-cmsJune 2015: This month, the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) marked its 20th anniversary. On this occasion, AEWA Executive Secretary Jacques Trouvilliez emphasized that through AEWA, the international community has built an effective tool to work together to conserve migratory waterbirds along their flyways.

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International Biodiversity Day Celebrates Biodiversity and Sustainable Development [viewed]

international_day_biological_biodiv22 May 2015: The 2015 International Day for Biological Diversity convened under the theme, ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Development,' reflecting the importance of efforts made to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the relevance of biodiversity for achieving sustainable development. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) organized several events to mark the occasion on 22 May 2015, including one at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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Saiga Die-Off Continues in Kazakhstan [viewed]

CMS21 May 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) sent an expert mission to Kazakhstan, as per the country's request, to strengthen work to identify the cause of the current saiga die-off. Latest official reports confirm that 85,000 saiga antelopes have died in the Betpak-dala population, as well as another part of the Betpak-dala population towards the west in Aktobe oblast in Kazakhstan.

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Workshops Address Migratory Birds in the Atlantic and Seabird Bycatch Mitigation [viewed]

cms_fao_birdlife20 May 2015: The conservation of migratory birds along the East Atlantic Flyway was the topic of discussion during two meetings hosted by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety in Bonn, Germany.

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CMS Reports on Saiga Mass Mortality Episode [viewed]

CMS19 May 2015: Approximately 10,000 saigas have been found dead in the Amangeldy district of the Kostanay region in Central Kazakhstan, an area that covers around 16,000 hectares, within the range of the saiga's Betpak Dala population, the country's largest. This is the third mass mortality episode that has occurred in recent years, with the Ministry of Agriculture reporting the first mortality cases on 12 May 2015. Investigations by state authorities are underway, with samples being collected for further analysis regarding the cause of the deaths.

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Marine Conservation Workshops Focus on IUU, EBSAs and Invasives [viewed]

cms_sprep_faoheadquartersMay 2015: Ecologically or biologically sensitive marine areas (EBSAs), seagrass conservation, invasive species, and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing have been the focus of marine conservation initiatives and workshops held throughout April and May.

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Spain Signs CMS Raptors MoU [viewed]

CMS4 May 2015: Spain signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU), developed under the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), on 4 May 2015, bringing the number of Signatories to 52.

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World Migratory Bird Day 2015 Highlights Importance of Bird-Friendly Energy Technologies [viewed]

World Migratory Bird Day 201510 May 2015: World Migratory Bird Day 2015 was celebrated on 9-10 May 2015 in over 80 countries, under the theme 'Energy - make it bird-friendly!' The theme highlighted the importance of deploying clean energy technologies in a way that minimizes impacts on migratory birds and their habitats.

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Saiga, Pelicans and Elephants in the CMS Spotlight [viewed]

CMSApril 2015: The Centre for Wild Animals of Kalmykia in the Russian Federation, a captive breeding center for Saiga Antelopes, has lost almost its entire stock of animals due to an unidentified disease, according to the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). From a captive population of more than 90 animals, only four individuals remain, including just one adult male. A 2014 drought along with supplementary feeding may have contributed to the loss.

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