Sunday, January 3, 2016

Bonn Convention

By Anton Antonio
January 4, 2016

“The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals – more commonly abbreviates to just Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) or the Bonn Convention – aims to conserve terrestrial, marine and avian migratory species throughout their range.  It is an intergovernmental treaty, concluded under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme, concerned with the conservation of wildlife and habitat on a global scale.  Since the Convention’s entry into force, its membership has grown steadily to include over 100 Parties from Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Europe and Oceania.  The Convention was signed in 1979 in Bad Godesberg, a suburb of Bonn (hence the name), and entered into force in 1983.  The depositary is the government of the Federal Republic of Germany.  The CMS is the only global and UN-based intergovernmental organization established for the conservation and management of terrestrial, aquatic and avian migratory species throughout their range.  CMS and its daughter agreements determine policy and provide further guidance on specific issues through their Strategic Plans, Action Plans, resolutions, discussions and guidelines.  All maintain on their websites a list of all decisions taken, guidelines issued and Action Plans adopted by Member States.  The CMS Preamble reads: “Conservation and effective management of migratory species of wild animals require the concerted action of all States within the national jurisdictional boundaries of which such species spend any part of their life cycle.”  (Wikipedia)

Although there are specific and regional conventions such as the China-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement, a worldwide accord must have to be made to ascertain the full protection (on land, sea and air) for wild animals.  One such intergovernmental treaty is the Bonn Convention.

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Wikipedia, (2016).  “International Union for Conservation of Nature”.  Retrieved on January 4, 2016 from

Antonio, A.C., (2016). “China-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement”.  Retrieved on January 4, 2016 from

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