Wildlife Conservation Efforts

Centre announces mascot for COP-13 on conservation of migratory species


Mains Paper 3: Environment | Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: GIB and its habitat, CMS

Mains level: Conservation of Migratory Species


  • The Centre has announced that the Great Indian Bustard (GIB) will be its mascot for the 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) to be held in Gujarat in 2020.

About CMS COP-13

  1. Representatives from 129 countries and eminent conservationists and international NGOs working in the field of wildlife conservation are expected to attend the COP-13, to be held in Gandhinagar.
  2. It will provide a global platform for deliberations on the conservation and sustainable use of migratory wild animals and their habitat.
  3. The CMS COP-13 would also bring together the states through which migratory animals pass.

Why CMS COP in India?

  1. India is temporary home to several migratory birds and animals.
  2. India has also signed non legally binding MOU with CMS on the conservation and management of Siberian Cranes (1998), Marine Turtles (2007), Dugongs (2008) and Raptors (2016).
  3. The Indian sub-continent is also part of the major bird flyway network, i.e, the Central Asian Flyway (CAF).
  4. CAF covers areas between the Arctic Ocean and the Indian Ocean, and covers at least 279 populations of 182 migratory waterbird species, including 29 globally threatened species.


Great Indian Bustard (GIB)

Great Indian Bustard may be extinct soon

Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)

  1. CMS is an international treaty concluded under aegis of UN Environment Programme (UNEP), concerned with conservation of wildlife and habitats on a global scale.
  2. It is commonly abbreviated as Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) or the Bonn Convention.
  3. It aims to conserve terrestrial, marine and avian migratory species throughout their range.
  4. It was signed in 1979 in Bonn (hence the name), Germany and entered into force in 1983.
  5. Its headquarters are in Bonn, Germany.
  6. CMS is only global and UN-based intergovernmental organization established exclusively for conservation and management of terrestrial, aquatic and avian migratory species throughout their range.
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