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Biodiversity Policy & Practice

Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP11) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)

3-9 November 2014 | Quito, Ecuador

Daily Web Coverage (Click on the Following Links to See our Daily Webpages)
Highlights for Tuesday, 4 November 2014
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Photo courtesy of Luke Hunter-Panthera
CMS COP11 officially opened today in Quito, Ecuador, with a ceremony moderated by Ashlan Gorse Cousteau. Participants addressed administrative and organizational matters and then discussed the Strategic Plan for Migratory Species 2015-2023, the Future Shape of CMS and the draft budget 2015-2017.
Opening Ceremony
Philippe Cousteau Jr., Co-Founder and President, EarthEcho
International
Achmat Hassiem, South Africa
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L-R: Bert Lenten, Deputy Executive Secretary, CMS; Ana Chichava, Deputy Minister of Coordination of Environmental Affairs, Mozambique; Stanley Johnson, CMS Goodwill Ambassador; Elizabeth Mrema, UN Environment Programme (UNEP); John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES; Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary, CMS; and Lorena Tapia, Minister of Environment, Ecuador
Boyan Slat, the Netherlands
Boyan Slat, described his initiative to clean up plastics in the ocean
through a floating barrier that can operate in extreme conditions.
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Participants watched a video on the CMS
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L-R: Noel Nelson Messone, Minister of Water and Forestry, Gabon; Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Chair of the CMS Standing Committee; Ashlan Gorse Cousteau; Philippe Cousteau Jr., Co-Founder and President, EarthEcho International; and Boyan Slat, the Netherlands
Ashlan Gorse Cousteau
Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Chair, CMS Standing Committee
Lorena Tapia, Minister of Environment, Ecuador
Tine Sundtoft, Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway,
addressed participants via video message.
Elizabeth Mrema, UNEP, delivered a message on behalf of Achim
Steiner
, Executive Director, UNEP
Noel Nelson Messone, Minister of Water and Forests, Gabon
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Achim Steiner, Executive Secretary, UNEP, addressed participants via a video message.
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Participants during the morning plenary
John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade
in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary, CMS

Plenary
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L-R: Elizabeth Mrema, UNEP; Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Chair, CMS Standing Committee; Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary, CMS; Bert Lenten, Deputy Executive Secretary, CMS; and Chris Wold, CMS Legal Advisor
Akankwasah Barirega, Uganda
Moustafa Fouda, Egypt
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Fernando Spina, Chair, CMS Scientific Council
Anne Theo Seinen, EU
Renato Domith Godinho, Brazil
Simon Nemtzov, Israel
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The Argentinian delegation. L-R: Vanesa Tossenberger, Rodolfo Sánchez, and Verónica Limongelli.
Gina Cuza Jones, Costa Rica
Peter Pueschel, International Fund for Animal Welfare
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Ines Verleye, Belgium
Jean Preston, US
Reinhard Schnidrig, Switzerland

Side Events at CMS COP 11
Philippe Cousteau Jr., Co-Founder and President, EarthEcho International, with the Ecuadorian Press
CMS and CITES: Advancing the Conservation of Key Species Together
John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES
Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat
Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary, CMS
Organized by the CITES Secretariat, this event highlighted the linkages and cooperative action between CITES and CMS. Moderating the session, David Morgan, CITES, noted that effective synergies will promote more: cost effective actions, coherent messages for external partners and success for conservation. Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary, CMS, highlighted cooperation and collaboration between the two conventions, saying that the CMS is incorporating CITES models for its Programme of Work and its Budget. John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES, spoke about the pragmatic approach on synergies taken by the CITES and CMS Secretariats. He noted that this collaboration promotes the targeting and successful conservation of specific species, highlighting the Saika antelope. Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat, described work planned for the CMS-CITES joint Work Programme for 2015-2020 including on regional management of species and community-based management of resources, and non-detrimental trade and sustainable use.
A view of the room during the side event
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More Information:

www.cites.org
Contacts:

David Morgan
david.morgan@cites.org
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Renewable Energy, Powerlines and Migratory Species
   
L-R: Marcus Kohler, BirdLife International; Colin Galbraith, Scottish Windfarm Bird Steering Group; Gerhard Adams, Germany; Malta Qwathekana, South Africa; Jan van der Winden, Bureau Waardenburg; and Hanneline Smit-Robinson, BirdLife South Africa
   
This side-event, organized by BirdLife International and CMS Secretariats, the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), and the Memorandum of Understanding concerning the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (the Raptors MoU), highlighted the impacts of renewable energy (RE) developments on bird populations. Participants discussed the role of CMS in gathering and disseminating best practices among relevant stakeholders to facilitate appropriate responses that minimize the impact of RE developments on migratory species. They also considered the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Renewable Energy Technologies and Migratory Species Guidelines for sustainable development as a possible tool to promote "truly sustainable renewable energy." Participants also discussed the implementation of these guidelines, including the potential for a global task force to facilitate this implementation.​
Marcus Kohler, BirdLife International
Hanneline Smit-Robinson, BirdLife South
Africa
Jan van der Winden, Bureau Waardenburg
   
Jan van der Winden, Bureau Waardenburg, making a presentation on renewable energy and migratory species guidelines
   
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More Information:

www.birdlife.org
Contacts:

Marcus Kohler
marcus.kohler@birdlife.org
Hanneline Smit-Robinson
conservation@birdlife.org.za
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EBSAs, Ecological Networks and Migratory Marine Species: From Theory to Practice
Erick Ross Salazar, MarViva Foundation
Kate Killerlain Morrison, Sargasso Sea
Commission
Pat Halpin, Duke University, US
This side event, organised by the CMS Office in Abu Dhabi, MarViva and the Sargasso Sea Alliance, presented the results of Duke University’s review of migratory marine species and the information used to describe ecologically or biologically significant areas (EBSAs), their relationship with migratory marine species and their potential to contribute to ecological networks in the Costa Rican Dome and the Sargasso Sea.
   
L-R: Pat Halpin, Duke University, US; Kate Killerlain Morrison, Sargasso Sea Commission; Erick Ross Salazar, MarViva Foundation; and Lyle Glowka, CMS Secretariat
   
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More Information:

www.cms.int
Contacts:

Lyle Glowka
lglowka@cms.int
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Around the Venue
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Participants from UNEP

Funding for coverage of this event has been provided by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
FOEN

Related Links
Meeting Resources

*Meeting Website *Meeting Annotated Agenda
*Meeting Documents *High Level Ministerial Panel
*Forty-second Standing Committee Meeting *Forty-third Standing Committee Meeting
*CMS Agreements *CMS Memoranda of Understanding
*CMS Special Species Initiatives *CMS Convention Text
*CMS Species List *CMS List of Parties and Range States
*Host Country Website


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the First Meeting of Signatories (MoS1) to the UN Environment Programme/Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS) Raptors Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), 9-11 December 2012, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the First Meeting of Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks, 24-27 September 2012, Bonn, Germany (English: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS Coverage of the Fifth Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), 14-18 May 2012, La Rochelle, France

*IISD RS Coverage of CMS COP10, 19-25 November 2011, Bergen, Norway

*IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at CMS COP10, 19-25 November 2011, Bergen, Norway

*IISD RS coverage of the Third meeting on International Cooperation on Migratory Sharks (SHARKS III) under the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), 8-12 February 2010, Manila, Philippines

*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Second meeting on International Cooperation on Migratory Sharks under the Convention on Migratory Species (SHARKS II), 6-8 December 2008, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, Rome, Italy (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of the Ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), 1-5 December 2008, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, Rome, Italy

*IISD RS coverage of the Fourth meeting of the Parties (MOP-4) to the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), 15-19 September 2008, Antananarivo, Madagascar

*IISD RS coverage of the Eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 8) to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), 20-25 November 2005, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

*IISD RS coverage of the Seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 7) to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and Second meeting of the Parties (MOP-2) to the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), 18-24 and 25-27 September 2002, Bonn, Germany

*IISD RS coverage of the Sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 6) to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), 4-16 November 1999, Cape Town, South Africa

*BIODIVERSITY-L - A Mailing List for News on Biodiversity and Wildlife Policy

*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly International Environment and Sustainable Development News
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