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WHMSI is building country capacity to conserve and manage migratory wildlife.  It improves hemispheric communication on conservation issues of common interest, provides training in priority areas, strengthens the exchange of information needed for informed decision-making, and provides a forum to address emerging issues such as new threats to migratory species, or the connections between wildlife disease and human diseases. 

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This hemispheric project encompassing 35 nations addresses issues from several mandates, endorsements and resolutions by the countries in the Western Hemisphere, including the 1940 Western Hemisphere Convention , the 1996 Santa Cruz Sustainable Development Summit and Santa Cruz +10 Ministerial,, and the 2001 Summit of the Americas. One of the main objectives is to conserve and manage migratory wildlife and its habitat, enforce national wildlife laws and meet international obligations.



The goal of this WHMSI training program  is to build upon existing WHMSI and other migratory species efforts to significantly enhance the conservation of shared migratory species throughout the Americas by strengthening institutional and human capacity, political commitment, international cooperation, and public-private partnerships at regional, national and local levels.



NatureServe (South America)

This training activity provided innovative concepts and tools to measure the effectiveness of the implementation of an existent environmental policy as a key factor for biodiversity conservation, particularly for migratory bird species. more...

Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds (Caribbean)

The Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds (SCSCB) Working Groups (including Monitoring, Migratory Birds, Waterbirds and Seabirds) have been working since 2003 to identify gaps in regional monitoring strategies for birds. more...

Pronatura (Central America)

Pronatura Chiapas, presented this proposal in behalf of the Alliance for Capacity Building in Natural Areas (ADESCAN), and as Mexico country affiliate to Birdlife International. more...



Request for Proposals:

  • Capacity  Building  for  the  Cooperation  in  Conservation

    • RfP         

    • Annex 1  

    • Annex 2  

More about the WHMSI project:

  • Update -- May 2007

  • Cooperation in Conservation: Wildlife directors responsible for the management of flora and fauna and other senior officials have developed the Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative (WHMSI) 




This page was last updated on Thursday March 24, 2011.