Saving endangered migratory species talks and book signing: 5.30pm Thursday, June 24, 2010

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Migratory species are some of the most vulnerable on the planet, their cross-country journeys exposing them to multiple threats including habitat destruction and climate change.

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An evening of talks at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) to discuss how the survival of nature’s true explorers can be secured will include an address by Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS).

Journalist, environmentalist and CMS ambassador Stanley Johnson will join co-author Robert Vagg to discuss extracts from their forthcoming book, Survival: Saving Endangered Migratory Species, published by Stacy International.

The talks will conclude with a drinks reception and book signing.

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  • Admission is free
  • Speakers:

o Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS).
o Stanley Johnson, Ambassador for CMS
o Robert Vagg, Editor, UNEP/CMS
o Paul Pearce-Kelly, Senior Curator, ZSL.

  • Press contact: Victoria Picknell, ZSL Press Office, 020 7449 6361 or victoria.picknell@zsl.org
  • Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity: our key role is the conservation of animals and their habitats. The Society runs ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, carries out scientific research at the Institute of Zoology and is actively involved in field conservation overseas. For further information please visit http://www.zsl.org
  • The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) is an intergovernmental treaty concluded under the United Nations Environment Programme and focusing on the conservation of a wide array of endangered migratory animals and their habitats worldwide through the negotiation and implementation of agreements and species action plans. With currently 113 member countries CMS is a fast-growing convention with special importance due to its expertise in the field of migratory species. CMS provides a framework for global adaptation and mitigation to save migratory species, and facilitates implementation in over 140 countries. Key components include identifying particularly threatened habitats and species, and initiating emergency response. http://www.cms.int

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