The Fourteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (COP14)

The Fourteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (COP14)

  • Ilbirs Foundation made its debut at the historic event CMS СОР 14, which was hosted for the first time in Central Asia.
  • Members of the Ilbirs Foundation participated in 2 and attended more than 15 side events,sharing outcomes of their projects with attendees from all over the world 
  • Ilbirs’ work in Chon Kemin State Natural Park in Kyrgyzstan and Ile-Alatau National Park in Kazakhstan was featured during a side event organized by GIZ.
  • Efforts to integrate ecosystem-based adaptations for communities and climate-smart conservation for CMS wildlife populations were presented by Ilbirs at UNEP CAMCA’s side event.

The 14th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP14) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) was held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan in February 2024. The triennial meeting marked a significant milestone in biodiversity discussions following the adoption of the Kunming Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework in 2022. Representatives from 133 member states adopted resolutions and concerted actions on over 100 distinct topics, demonstrating global cooperation in conservation efforts. Notably, 14 new species, including Pallas’s Cat (a native species of Central Asia), were added to the Appendices. The conference opened under the slogan, “Nature Knows No Borders,” which is a reminder that migratory species do not adhere to political boundaries, and that their survival is dependent on international collaboration.

Parallel to the formal sessions and deliberations, a series of side events (40 in total), exhibitions, and informal gatherings provided a platform for organizations and individuals engaged in environmental protection to showcase ongoing projects and exchange insights.

The first side event Ilbirs Foundation participated in was held on Monday,  12 February 2024  and titled, “Harmonizing Ecosystem-Based Adaptation and Climate-Smart Conservation in Central Asia.” UNEP and CMS were joint organizers, and Kenzhekan Sultanbaeva, took part as a speaker. In her remarks, she highlighted 2 ongoing projects,  the Central Asian Mammals and Climate Adaptation (CAMCA) and Vanishing Treasures,  and contributed to discussions on up-scaling biodiversity financing and policy across the Central Asian mountain landscape. Kenzhekan’s insights on local successes integrating ecosystem-based adaptation and climate-smart conservation were important to set the stage for both audience participants and panelists.



During the side event hosted by GIZ, titled “Connecting the Landscapes of Central Asia – Opportunities for Managing Transboundary Landscapes and Climate Change Impacts,” valuable insights were shared regarding the outcomes of the project implemented by Ilbirs, namely  “Enhancing Transboundary Conservation Efforts between Chon Kemin State Natural Park (Kyrgyzstan) and Ile-Alatau National Park (Kazakhstan).” The presentation emphasized crucial topics such as the necessity of transboundary conservation, the importance of strengthening cooperation across borders, the utilization of management effectiveness tracking tools, the application of SMART strategies, and the collection of wildlife data. These results were also displayed on a poster at the GIZ exhibition booth all week.

For the Ilbirs Foundation, participation in such an esteemed company was a source of pride and a valuable opportunity to highlight the local efforts addressing the challenges posed by climate change in Central Asia, particularly in Kyrgyzstan.Additionally, participants had the opportunity to explore Uzbekistan’s cultural heritage, enriching their understanding of the region’s diverse offerings beyond conservation efforts.

Photo and video materials of CMS COP-14

About Ilbirs Foundation

Ilbirs Foundation was founded in 2016 to promote the conservation of Kyrgyzstan’s flora and fauna through community involvement and research. We carry out activities focusing on rare and endangered species in educational, cultural, and charitable spheres, as well as conduct field research on climate change and wildlife native to Kyrgyzstan.

For more information, please contact:

Kenzhekan Sultanbaeva, Communication manager of Ilbirs Foundation 

whatsapp: +996705351583 




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