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The Role of Ecological Networks in the Conservation of Migratory Species

Norwegian Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS Secretariat)

Date and Time
12 October 2012 18:15 - 19:45

Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11)

Habitat destruction and fragmentation are recognized among the primary threats to migratory species. The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and its related Agreements acknowledge that migratory species’ conservation merits particular attention in the designation and implementation of initiatives aimed at promoting networks of critical sites. In Particular, the Government of Norway, Party to CMS and other related Agreements, has been making significant efforts to support the establishment of ecological networks. Presenters, from the UNEP/CMS Secretariat and the Norwegian Government, will outline information and case studies on the design of protected area systems covering migratory pathways and critical sites and related opportunities for ecological networks pertaining to different taxonomic groups and/or groups related to major ecosystem types. To share know-how and lessons learned, and build momentum and strategic alliances to stimulate the identification of critical sites for migratory species and the mapping of desired ecological networks, which can then be used as the basis for effective local conservation successes. A presentation will be given on a practical experience which is currently being gained, thanks to the support of Norway, in Africa. CMS and partners are analysing the critical sites within a unique migration corridor rich in more than 1 million White-eared Kobs, elephants and other large mammals between South Sudan and Ethiopia, which rivals the biodiversity and ecotourism value of the Serengeti.