CMS Releases Second Edition of Flyways Report
11 October 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced the publication of the second edition of "A Bird's Eye View on Flyways." The updated report highlights that there are still considerable gaps in the understanding of the distribution and ecology of migratory species.
This report emphasizes that the conservation of birds constitutes a significant proportion of the work of the CMS and its daughter agreements, with two legally binding agreements and eight Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) dealing with avian species, including the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) and the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP).
The report calls for improved monitoring data, while stressing that action on conservation should not be limited by uncertainty, especially in light of climate change. It also says awareness of migratory birds and their plight needs to be improved among the general public, including through schools and educational institutions that are relevant to local traditions.
Finally, the report notes that projects should identify indicators to measure progress at the very outset of the planning phase, and that a holistic approach incorporating ecological as well as socio-economic changes is needed. [Publication: A Bird's Eye View on Flyways - Second Edition]