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The Twelfth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP12) is being held in Manila, the Philippines, from October 23-28, 2017 – the first time that the Convention on the CMS COP is held in Asia.

The slogan for the conference is “Their Future is Our Future – Sustainable Development for Wildlife and People”, links to the Sustainable Development Goals agreed by the world’s governments in 2015 to end poverty and hunger, improve health and education, combat climate change and protect oceans and forests.

Migratory species fire our imagination with their majestic presence and beauty and inspire us with their intrepid journeys across deserts and oceans. COP12 presents an opportunity to place the cause of nature conservation centre stage in the wider debate about the future of the planet and the fate of its residents – human and animal. Delegates will be able to highlight the fact that global efforts to reach SDG will and must be beneficial for people and wildlife.

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Convention on Migratory Species
The Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS), also known as the Bonn Convention, aims to conserve terrestrial, aquatic and avian migratory species throughout their range.


  • Will any portions of the event (and side events) have livestreaming and archived video? (See https://www.youtube.com/user/bonnconventionvideos)
  • Are transcripts or presentations posted online?
  • As this events takes place during Open Access Week, what conservation resources are available via open access?
  • What is a COP and how does COP12 differ from COP11?

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Global Goals

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