Convention on Migratory Species
Small grants and thesis awards in support of conserving migratory species on a global basis
Principal Office: International
The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is an inter-governmental treaty that aims to conserve terrestrial, aquatic, and avian migratory species throughout their range on a global scale. The Convention’s Secretariat is provided by the United Nations Environment Program at the UN’s offices in Bonn, Germany. The Convention is sometimes referred to as the Bonn Convention on Migratory Species.
The CMS addresses migratory species threatened with extinction (Appendix I of the Convention), as well as species that need or would significantly benefit from international cooperation (Appendix II of the Convention).
The participating range states work towards species conservation through global and regional legal agreements, and through less formal memoranda of understanding, varying case by case.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
The CMS includes a small grants program to strengthen implementation of the Convention, and it makes a thesis award for outstanding research on migratory species.
1 — Small Grants Program. The CMS makes grants for field conservation; regional and national cooperation; capacity building; and awareness building in support of migratory species needing protection.
The program is open to applicants in countries that have ratified the Convention, that are below 0.200 in the UN Scale of Assessment, and that are not more than three years in arrears with their contributions.
Applications can be submitted by governmental institutions, NGOs, communities, conservationists, and researchers.
Grants do not exceed €15 thousand for projects of up to two years.
Applications must be endorsed by the national CMS focal points in the eligible countries where activities will take place. CMS provides their names and contact information.
2 — Thesis Award. The CMS offers this award to promote scientific research and conservation of migratory species. The thesis should provide new data and insights into the biology and ecology of migratory species, or into external factors disrupting their migration patterns. Research results should have conservation applications for the benefit of migratory species.
There are no restrictions by nationality. The amount of the award is €10 thousand, offered every three years at the CMS Conference of the Parties (2008, 2011, 2014, etc.)
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
The following developing countries are eligible for small grants from the CMS (as of July 2013), applying the regional geographic framework of the Terra Viva Grants Directory.
Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands: Cook Islands, Fiji, Palau, Philippines, Samoa
East Asia: Mongolia
South Asia: Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Eurasia and Central Asia: Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
Eastern Europe and Russia: Albania, Belarus, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine
North Africa and Middle East: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
Sub-Saharan Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Congo, Cote D’Ivoire, Dem Rep Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Somalia, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe
Latin America and Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay
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