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Frequent travellers of the animal world at risk - New UNEP/CMS report on ecological networks

Across the planet millions of animals travel with the seasons from one location to the next. Not unlike modern transport systems with interconnected airports, road and railway grids, migratory species depend on a network of habitats and corridors across the planet. Losing a single migration corridor may jeopardize entire populations.

On land, in the water and in the air – the UNEP rapid response assessment illustrates why ecological networks require immediate international attention and where on earth intervention is urgently needed for the frequent travellers of the animal world. 

As about 100 governments come together in Norway to discuss urgent action to address the rapid decline of migratory animal across the globe, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS) and UNEP GRID Arendal launch the report

Living Planet: Connected Planet –
Preventing the End of the World’s Wildlife Migrations through Ecological Networks

At the launch, MoveBank, a global database to track animal movements will be presented by the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany. The Institute will also establish ICARUS as a new experimental system on the International Space Station as of 2014. 

What:                 Launch: Ecological Networks as a tool for migratory species conservation

Chair:                 Prof. David Wilcove, Princeton University
(Author of “No Way Home: The Decline of the World`s Great Animal Migrations”)

Who:                  The findings will be presented by:

Dr. Peter Prokosch, UNEP GRID-Arendal
Securing airports and sea ports for world travellers

Dr. Aline Kühl, UNEP/CMS Secretariat
Living planet: Connected planet. Why ecological networks matter.

Dr. Martin Wikelski, Max Planck Institute
MoveBank: Why we need a global data and analysis platform for life on the move

When:  Monday, November 21, 2011
13:00  –  14:15 p.m.

Where:  Hotel Scandic Bergen City
Room Muséplass/Stranghagen     

Contact: Veronika Lenarz, CMS Secretariat, Public Information, Tel. +49 228 8152409, tel. during the Conference in Norway +47 46 86 15 44, Email:

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