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Uniting for Wildlife: CMS COP14 in Samarkand

From February 12 to 17, 2024, the 14th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP14) will convene in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Under the theme “Nature knows no borders,” this historic gathering underscores the imperative of international collaboration for the conservation of migratory species.

KEY OBJECTIVES AND INITIATIVES

CMS COP14 will serve as a pivotal forum for governments, scientists, and stakeholders to devise strategies for safeguarding migratory species and their habitats. Against the backdrop of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, the conference will address pressing conservation priorities, including habitat conservation, overexploitation, pollution, and climate change.

ADVANCING GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION

As one of the most significant biodiversity gatherings since the adoption of the Biodiversity Plan in 2022, CMS COP14 will introduce new initiatives to support the implementation of the Global Biodiversity Framework. Attendees will launch groundbreaking reports and guidelines, including the inaugural “State of the World’s Migratory Species” report and global guidelines on light pollution mitigation.

ASSOCIATED EVENTS AND MEETINGS

Accompanying CMS COP14 are essential events and meetings, including the 54th Meeting of the CMS Standing Committee and the High-Level Segment. The Migratory Species Champion Night, scheduled for February 12, promises to be a highlight of the conference, celebrating champions of wildlife conservation.

CMS COP14 in Samarkand symbolizes a collective commitment to protect migratory species and promote biodiversity conservation worldwide. Through collaboration and concerted efforts, delegates aim to ensure that nature’s wanderers thrive across political borders, safeguarding our planet’s ecological diversity for generations to come.

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