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Wild Migration: Building capacity for conservation of migratory wildlife

Wild Migration Projects

Wild Migration Projects is our programme to build the capacity of wildlife scientists, wildlife policy experts and non-governmental organisations in developing regions to utilise international processes for migratory and transboundary wildlife conservation.

Civil society is crucial to wildlife conservation around the world.

Wild Migration is focusing on building the capacity of wildlife scientists, wildlife policy experts and increasing the role of NGOs in CMS and Ramsar policy discussions.


African elephant. Photographer: Stephen Blake

West African elephant (Loxodonta africana) populations have become extremely threatened, with an estimated 90 percent of their range now destroyed.

Wild Migration is working towards securing African elephant populations in at least three West African Elephant MoU countries - where habitat loss has been halted, illegal hunting is a thing of the past and conservation activities recognize elephant culture as an important element of conservation design.


Orca. Photographer: unknown

The passages between the many islands of the Solomon and Bismarck Seas are important migratory species corridors, yet noise, marine pollution and destructive fishing by distant water industrial fishing fleets are uncontrolled.

Wild Migration is working to develop a civil society network of local organisations who can work with the governments of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands to increase conservation action in this area. In particular we are focusing on aligning the commitment made to CBD and CMS, relating to sharks, cetaceans, turtles and dugongs


Australian sea lion

Endangered sea lions (Neophoca cinerea) are threatened by proposals to explore for oil and gas in their feeding grounds off the west coast of Kangaroo Island.

Wild Migration is working to secure policy recognition that marine noise impacts pinnipeds around the world, and for pinnipeds to be comprehensively included in offshore petroleum exploration Environmental Impact Assessments.

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Ramsar and Wetland NGOs: A Report of the World Wetland Network for Ramsar CoP12

7th May 2015




Wetland NGOs around the world are committed to Ramsar and want to do more. The NGO community would welcome the opportunity to explore how increasing NGO contributions can be embraced by Ramsar Parties, National Focal Points and the Ramsar Secretariat.

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Opportunities and costs for preventing vertebrate extinctions

23rd March 2015

Amsterdam Albatross. Photographer: Vincent LegendreDespite global efforts to halt the biodiversity crisis, implementation of the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets defined by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) still fall short.

With the clock is ticking to the 2020 deadline, the Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) has assessed the potential for ensuring the long-term conservation of AZE vertebrate species (157 mammals, 165 birds, 17 reptiles and 502 amphibians) by calculating a conservation opportunity index for each species.

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Wild Migration expresses disappointment with the Australian Government reservations on sharks

21st January 2015

Hammerhead shark. Photographer: Barry PetersThe Australian government will soon submit a “reservation” against three species of thresher shark and two species of hammerhead shark listed during CMS CoP11. The five types of shark were among 31 species listed at the CMS meeting in November.

Although Australia did not object to the listings in November, it is now seeking to opt out of the commitment to cooperate with other countries to ensure the five migratory shark species do not become extinct.

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