Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative launched

Almost like stepping stones in a stream, national parks play a key role in protecting migratory species as they move back and forth between the United States and Central and South America. They are in many ways both resting areas and protected areas where species can recharge as they migrate.

To help further the protection and conservation of migratory species such as birds, sea turtles and even bats and butterflies, the Rainforest Alliance has launched the bilingual Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative Forum (www.eco-index.org/whmsiforum) to provide government agencies responsible for migratory species management, conservation organizations, and researchers with a platform to collaborate and cooperate across geographic and language barriers.

WHMSI facilitates collaboration among government officials and non-governmental organizations that are working to conserve migratory wildlife and their habitats. It also aims to strengthen political commitment, cooperation and public-private partnerships at regional, national and local levels.

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