Samarkand, Uzbekistan

February 12–17

WCS wildlife and policy experts are attending the triennial meeting of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species. Decisions made there by Party governments will have profound implications for the future of species and habitat conservation and sustainable development.


The Convention on Migratory Species COP14 Marks Another Positive Step by the Global Community on Behalf of Nature and People

“Migratory wild animals, more than any others, need collaboration between governments, conservation organizations, civil society, and communities across their range,” said Susan Lieberman, VP of International Policy for the Wildlife Conservation Society, in a statement.

A Key Milestone for the Conservation of Amazon Migratory Fish: Dorado and Piramutaba Included in CMS Appendix II

At CMS CoP14, Brazil's proposal to include the dorado and the piramutaba in the CMS Appendix II was approved.

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First-Ever ‘State of the World’s Migratory Species’ Report Is Sobering News for Butterflies to Whales

“If governments do everything they have committed to do, then the next ‘State of the World’s Migratory Species’ will have some good news,” said WCS VP of International Policy Susan Lieberman in a statement.

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CMS COP14, An Historic Opportunity to Protect the Guanaco Migrations

WCS is working with range-countries governments and other civil society organizations in championing the proposal to include the guanaco in Appendix II of CMS and promoting the regional and multi-organizational initiative.

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Why CMS is Important: Video with WCS Vice President for International Policy Susan Lieberman

Policy Recommendations

There are a number of species that are proposed to be included on the Appendices to CMS at CoP14 (CMS Appendix I provides maximum protection, and CMS Appendix II requires transboundary collaboration and cooperation).

In particular, WCS is working with our government and other partners in championing three proposals:

  • To include the Critically Endangered sand tiger shark (Carcharias taurus) in Appendices I and II
  • To include two catfish of the Amazon basin (the gilded catfish or dorado, Brachyplatystoma rousseauxii, and the laulao catfish or piramutaba, Brachyplatystoma vailantii) in Appendix II
  • To include the guanaco (Lama guanaco), a species found in the Andes in South America, in Appendix II

In addition, WCS will engage in policy discussions relevant to: ecological integrity and connectivity; wildlife disease and pathogen spillover; the threat of over-exploitation and trade (domestic and international) to migratory species; the impact of climate change on migratory species; Central Asian Migratory Mammals; African carnivores; jaguars; sharks and rays; and many other species and issues.


Photo Credit: Julie Larsen © WCS

GuanaConecta is a regional and multi-organizational initiative seeking to raise awareness about the guanaco by highlighting its migratory nature to promote transboundary conservation strategies. In the last 200 years, the guanaco population decreased from between 10 and 30 million individuals to ca. 2.5 million, and most remaining populations in the northern part of the range are threatened. At CMS, we are championing a proposal to include the guanaco in Appendix II.

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The Push to Unite the Amazon Basin Around a Pair of Catfish

Many people think of the Amazon as this vast, highly intact tropical forest, but it is also the largest freshwater system in the world. It’s the most biologically diverse place on Earth. Home to hundreds of Indigenous Peoples and traditional cultures. And also, two important species of catfish. Those will be up for discussion at the upcoming Convention on Migratory Species meeting.


Amazon Catfish Must Be Protected by the Convention on Migratory Species COP14

Photo Credit: © Instituto de Desenvolvimento Sustentável Mamirauá. Macaulay Library ML45914246

By securing the migration routes of dorado and piramutaba (manitoa) catfish and conserving their aquatic ecosystems in the Amazon, we can ensure a sustainable future for both their biodiversity and the people who depend on them, writes WCS's Mariana Varese in a Commentary for Mongabay.

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