Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative

Flyways in the Americas: Strategies for Enhancing Collaboration among Migratory Species Conservation Initiatives throughout the Hemisphere

Date: March 11-14, 2014

Many migratory bird populations are sharply declining due to known threats, examples include the Red Knot populations that are down 81% since 2000 and the Semipalmated Sandpiper down 79% since 1982. Effective conservation of migratory birds requires action beyond any one set of political borders, a fact recognized in the development of multiple bilateral, trilateral and multilateral agreements for the conservation of migratory species, and in numerous calls to action. WHMSI Flyways Group is implementing the Flyways of the Americas Framework and Migratory Bird Action Plan 2014-2020 currently being reviewed by the WHMSI Council made up of the Countries of the Americas, International Conventions and NGOs.

In this context, Article VII of the Convention on Nature Protection and Wild Life Preservation in the Western Hemisphere (the Western Hemisphere Convention) states that “The Contracting Governments shall adopt appropriate measures for the protection of migratory birds of economic or aesthetic value or to prevent the threatened extinction of any given species”. Furthermore, the Plan of Action adopted by the Heads of State and Government at the III Summit of the Americas (Quebec City, 2001) calls for “the development of a hemispheric strategy to support the conservation of migratory wildlife throughout the Americas, with the active engagement of civil society”.

Acknowledging the work of the Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative (WHMSI) to bring together governments and civil society from throughout the Americas to advance the conservation of shared migratory species, and taking note of Resolution 10.10 of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) which calls for “in close partnership with existing flyway organizations and initiatives in the Americas, and in particular the Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative (WHMSI), to develop an overarching conservation Action Plan for migratory birds in the Americas…”, CMS and the OAS with the support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service convened a the Flyways in the Americas workshop held in Montego Bay, Jamaica March 10-14, 2014.

Americas’ Flyways seeks to harmonize the conservation efforts of governments and all relevant partners and stakeholders to ensure active cooperation among migratory bird instruments, initiatives and partnerships; assess and mitigate significant barriers to migration; foster the conservation of high priority networks of sites and habitats; mitigate impacts of climate change on migratory bird species; enhance and strengthen monitoring; help guide funding to priority needs; and empower local communities to conserve their resources.


Meeting Presentations

Scott Johnson
USFWS, Division of Migratory Birds
Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Business Strategy: A Call to Action
Bert Lenten
Convention on Migratory Species
Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals
Richard Huber
Organization of American States
WHMSI Experts Meeting to crystalize overarching Americas migratory bird strategy
Rob Clay
Southern Cone Grasslands Alliance
Conservation of migratory birds in the Southern Cone Grasslands
Steve Zack
Wildlife Conservation Society
Framing a Wildlife Conservation Society Approach to Flyway Conservationin the Americas and Beyond
Felicity Arengo
Center for Biodiversity Conservation
Network of Priority Wetlands for Flamingo Conservation: A Regional Strategy for Species and Habitat Conservation
Rob Clay & A. Lesterhuis
Review of existing migratory bird instruments and initiatives in the Americas
Taej Mundkur
Wetlands International
Promoting a strategic approach for conservation of migratory birds and their habitats globally
Flyways Working Group
Birdlife International
Birdlife International Americas Flyways Program
David Younkman
Partners in Flight
5th International Partners in Flight Conference and Conservation Workshop
Lisa G. Sorenson
Building Capacity for Migratory Bird Conservation in the Caribbean

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For further information on this project please contact Richard Huber at rhuber@oas.org.