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Western Hemispheric

Migratory Species Initiative




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. 


In summary, all 3 meetings furthered consensus between government wildlife experts and NGOs on a hemispheric strategy to address capacity building and training needs for migratory wildlife conservation in the region. These meetings resulted in a proposal being submitted to the GS/OAS Special Multilateral Fund of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (FEMCIDI) that was funded in May 2008 with a US$150,000 grant that was implemented in 2008-early 2009.  An additional tranche was approved in 2009.   Each of the three regional workshops and complementary activities has a budget of circa US$26,000.

Interim Steering Committee Meeting March 24-25, 2009, Washington DC



  1. The Alliance for Capacity Building in Natural Areas and WHMSI invite you to join the "programa de entrenamiento para expertos en capacitación en especies migratorias transfronterizas, nivel I," to be held on March 23 - 27, 2009 in San José, Costa Rica. The deadline for applications is February 25, 2009.

  2. VI Seminario Móvil Internacional: Manejo y Planificación de Áreas Protegidas, from April 15 - May 1, 2009 in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The coordinators are Jim Barborak and Miguel Morales from Conservation International, and Elena Florian from CATIE. The application deadline is March 9, 2009.

  3. Information about the WHMSI-Organization of American States (OAS) Capacity Building Projects Funded by the Special Multilateral Fund of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (FEMCIDI) is now available.



June 5-6, 2007.

Washington DC, United States.

WHMSI Steering Committee Meeting.

Follow-up on other Initiatives  





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