The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory
Species of Wild Animals
Signed in Bonn, Germany in 1979 this agreement is known as CMS,
and also as the Bonn Convention.
CNS aims to conserve terrestrial, marine and avian migratory species
throughout their range. It aims at cooperation, actions towards
protection of migratory species, and taking necessary steps to conserve
migratory species and their habitat, especially those species and
habitats whose conservation requires the cooperation of several
nations, and to promote such cooperation.
Parties to CMS also exchange information and coordinate their research
and conservation programmes with other parties in the region. Membership
in CMS complements a given country's participation in the Ramsar
Convention and the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Since the Convention's entry into force on November 1, 1983, its
membership has grown steadily to include 84 parties (as of December
2003) from Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Europe and Oceania.