Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals Law and Legal Definition

The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals is an international treaty that aims to conserve terrestrial, marine, and avian migratory species throughout their range. This convention came into force in 1983. The treaty was concluded under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme, concerned with the conservation of wildlife and habitats on a global scale.

Nations that are parties to the convention collaborate to conserve these migratory species and their habitats by:

Providing strict protection for endangered migratory species (those listed in Appendix I to the Convention).

Establishing agreements to conserve and manage key migratory species (those listed in Appendix II); and

Engaging in cooperative research activities.

Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals is also known as the CMS or Bonn Convention.