Bonn is hosting several MEA Secretariats, including the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), which aims to conserve terrestrial, marine and avian migratory species throughout their ranges. The Convention was signed in 1979 in Bonn and entered into force in 1983. Since then, its membership has grown steadily to include over 113 Parties from Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
On Wednesday July 14, Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species, visited the ELC. She was accompanied by Melanie Virtue, Inter-Agency Liaison Officer, and by Laura Cerasi, Associate Fundraising Officer.
A long history exists between the CMS Secretariat and the ELP. Back in the 70s the ELC was involved in the creation and development of the text of the Convention, and then in the elaboration of its associated agreements, such as the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Waterbirds (AEWA) and the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS). Now the CMS covers seven binding agreements and 18 Memoranda of Understanding, aiming at the conservation of migratory species around the globe.
Ms Mrema presented the programme of work of the CMS and in the discussion that followed possibilities to intensify the cooperation between the CMS and ELC were considered. The meeting concluded that the links between CMS and ELC should be tightened and decided to prepare a new Memorandum of Understanding to that effect.