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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. 

 

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.

 

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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.

Funded by FEMCIDI, the goal of the 2010- 2011 Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative (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. For this purpose the GS/OAS is working in partnership with five NGOs and Government Agencies to develop different regional capacity building activities.

Institution

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Location

Date

Description

 

Monitoring Land Birds in Caribbean Protected Areas for Adaptive Management and Public Education

Bahamas National Trust, Nassau, Bahamas

Feb 23-27 2011.

The SCSCB will hold a workshop to promote terrestrial bird monitoring in protected areas and buffer zones and their application to adaptive management and environmental education. Based on discussion at the workshop, SCSCB will develop a strategy to increase apacity for bird and habitat monitoring using citizen scientists. More...

    

“Incorporating climate adaptation into marine turtle conservation: capacity strengthening for planning and implementation”

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Nov 1-3, 2010.

In collaboration with the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST), is helping to build capacity for climate change adaptation in coastal areas of Latin America and the Caribbean by focusing on habitats used by endangered marine turtles. More...

Training Local Stakeholders in Reforestation and the Managament of Land Neotropical Migrants in Colombia, Nicaragua, and Peru.

Colombia, Peru and Nicaragua

 Nov 2010 -Jan 2011.

The goals of this project are to engage local coffee growers and cattle ranchers in the region in improving the productivity of their lands for birds. An integral part of this reforestation project will be engaging local stakeholders in the protection of habitat for migratory songbirds. More...

  

Creando Capacidades para Unir Iniciativas de Conservacion de Aves Migratorias de Pastizales

Audubon (USA) and Asuncion (Paraguay)

Nov - Dec 2010.

The proposed actions proposal will facilitate the adaptation and application of a method to allow a planned and unified scope for the conservation of migratory species at local, regional and hemispheric scales. More...

  

Estudio sobre la migracion de ballenas jorobadas (Megaptera novaeangliae) en el Oeste del Pacifico de Guatemala

 Guatemala

 Oct 2010 -Jan 2011

The project aims to promote through research, the conservation and sustainable management of cetaceans, considered as migratory species and shared resources. This research will increase knowledge about the ecology and behavior of the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) in Guatemalan waters, and could be useful in the establishment of protected marine areas. In addition, through training and awareness focused on the description of humpback whales. More...

      

 Third Round of WHMSI training projects

 

        Request for Proposals:

Proposals are due by June 28th, 2010. Download files with the complete information.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Richard Huber (rhuber@oas.org) or Brian Hayum (Brian_Hayum@fws.gov).

 

 

 

This page was last updated on Tuesday February 28, 2012.