Migratory Species

This core working area addresses the complex issues around migratory birds and mammals.

In mammalian species the present focus is given to Caprini and Antilopinae in Central and Western Asia as well as the elephants and certain Antilopinae of Africa (cross-over with Big Game. The CIC and the Division Applied Science as an institutional member of the Saiga Conservation Alliance works on the protection and conservation of the saiga, one of the most threatened ungulates on the planet.

In the field of migratory birds the enormous natural resource of hundreds of species and millions of specimens has always been and still is exploited by man under regimes of subsistence and recreational hunting. The total annual harvest is unknown, but counts millions of birds. Focus is placed on international cooperation in the sustainable management of migratory birds, including accurate monitoring of harvest levels (cross-over with Small Game and Wildlife Diseases). Presently the core working area is concentrating on the Western Palearctic and East Atlantic flyways, while expanding its activities to East Asia (Siberia). The sector assumes a technical and scientific role based on networking and co-ordination with national, regional and international governmental and non-governmental bodies through symposia, workshops etc.

Wetlands International, The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). and The African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) are key co-operating organisations. The CIC holds a seat in the Technical Committee of AEWA.