‘Record’ number of migratory species protected at October wildlife summit

Attendees at the world’s largest wildlife conference in late October called for stepping up protection for 34 migratory species, including giraffes, whale sharks and two of Africa’s big cats. “Migratory animals play a critical role in our planet’s ecosystem,” said Theresa Mundita Lim in a statement. “They act as pollinators, control pests and are a source of food and income.” Lim is the director of the Biodiversity Management Bureau in the Philippines, where the conference was held. A proposal to help protect a genetically isolated population of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the Arabian Sea was adopted at the CMS summit. Photo by Whit Welles Wwelles14, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons. The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) of Wild Animals is sometimes referred to as the “Bonn Convention” after the German city where the agreement was signed in 1983. The latest meeting, held from Oct. 23 through 28, involved negotiations concerning species threatened with extinction, in some cases leading to the adoption of measures that require countries to halt the killing of those animals. Members of the convention also proposed and adopted measures aimed at boosting collaboration between nations within some species’ ranges. Bradnee Chambers, the executive secretary of CMS, said in the statement that the summit “has broken all records” for attendance and the number of newly adopted proposals. The convention creates lists of animals, called appendices, based on negotiations that factor in trends affecting the conservation statuses of various species. African lions (Panthera leo) are…

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