IUCN, through its Species Survival Commission (SSC) Specialist Groups, provides valuable scientific input and support to the Convention of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS or the Bonn Convention - an intergovernmental treaty that aims to conserve all migratory species throughout their range).
In recognition of its important contribution, and to formalize IUCN’s collaboration, a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between the two organizations was signed during the CMS Scientific Council meeting in Bonn, Germany, 14-17 March.
The majority of the work will be carried out by the SSC, but the MoC also goes beyond the Scientific Council mandate and covers contributions by other parts of IUCN, such as regional offices and the law centre.
Two documents prepared for this meeting showed the value of the SSC Specialist Group network as a source of scientific information for the Convention. The Shark Specialist Group submitted a paper on migratory cartilaginous fish and the Flamingo Specialist Group presented an action plan for the lesser flamingo.
Traditionally, IUCN’s input has been directly related to individual species or groups of species, such as bats, or whales, but there is potential to expand this role to include other groups, like freshwater fish, as well as cross-cutting issues such as invasive species, sustainable use and wildlife health.
IUCN’s Species Survival Commission relies heavily on its voluntary network, and the level of input into CMS to fulfill its potential will depend on resources and funding available.