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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 Thursday, 6 November 2014
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CMS COP11 continued on Thursday in Quito, Ecuador, with a review of species listing proposals. In the morning, the CoW listened to progress reports from the Chairs of the Credentials Committee, the Drafting Group, the Aquatic Working Group and the Avian Working Group, with all these groups continuing to meet. The CoW also addressed amended draft resolutions on: the strategic plan for migratory species 2015-23 (UNEP/CMS/COP11/CRP1); the programme of work on climate change and migratory species (UNEP/CMS/COP11/CRP2); and enhancing the relationship between the CMS family and civil society (UNEP/CMS/COP11/CRP3). The CoW forwarded the three resolutions to plenary for adoption.
Committee of the Whole
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A view of the room during plenary
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Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Chair of the CMS Standing Committee
Ambassador Patrick Van Klaveren, Monaco
James Gichiah Njogu, Kenya
Renato Domith Godinho, Brazil
Alessandro Andreotti, EU
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The delegation from Fiji
Umeed Khalid, Pakistan
Wilma Lutsch, South Africa
James Lut Alo, Uganda
Julia Cordero, Ecuador
Kamar Yousuf, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
David Morgan, CITES
A slide from Heidrun Frisch’s presentation
Heidrun Frisch, CMS Secretariat
A slide from Col Limpus’s presentation
Col Limpus, Australia
Sarah Fowler, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Sharks Specialist Group
Sonja Fordham, Shark Advocates International

Drafting Group
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The drafting group co-chairs
Kathryn Howard, New Zealand
Elizabeth Mrema, UNEP
Andreas Obrecht, Switzerland
Akankwasah Barirega, Uganda
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Participants during the drafting group session

Side Events at CMS COP 11
Online Information Management and InforMEA - Innovative Technologies for CMS Implementation:
Where do we stand and where do we want to go

L-R: Francisco Rilla, CMS Secretariat; Eva Duer, UNEP; Elizabeth Mrema, UNEP; Bradnee Chambers, CMS Executive Secretary; Florian Keil, CMS Secretariat; David Morgan, CITES; Tim Wilkinson, UNEP-WCMC; and Patricia Cremona, UNEP-WCMC
Patricia Cremona, UNEP-WCMC
Bradnee Chambers, CMS Executive Secretary
Eva Duer, UNEP
Florian Keil, Coordinator, CMS/AEWA Joint Communications Team, moderated the event organized by the Secretariats of UNEP, CMS, and the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). Lauding the UN Information Portal on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (InforMEA) as a tool to bring coherence to MEAs, Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary, CMS, underscored that if law is inconsistent and incoherent, it is weak. Elizabeth Mrema, Director, UNEP-Division of Environmental Law and Conventions, drew attention to the various tools UNEP, in collaboration with some MEAs, have created including Species+, the Online Reporting System, InforMEA and the e-learning tools.

Patricia Cremona, UNEP-WCMC, described the Species+ website, which gathers information on species listed under both the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and CMS. Tim Wilkinson, UNEP-WCMC, discussed the Online Reporting System, explaining that it assists secretariats to, inter alia, create and distribute questionnaires, and collate responses in one central system.

David Morgan, Chief of Scientific Services, CITES, highlighted the MEA Information and Knowledge Management initiative as a tool for secretariats to use in supporting parties to meet their obligations under the various conventions. Eva Duer, UNEP, expounded on the e-learning tool, stressing its importance for capacity building. Francisco Rilla, CMS, welcomed the Manual for National Focal Points for the CMS Instruments in preparing focal points for COP negotiations.
Florian Keil, CMS Secretariat
Tim Wilkinson, UNEP-WCMC
Francisco Rilla, CMS Secretariat
More Information:

www.informea.org

Contacts:

Eva Duer
eva.duer@unep.org

Patricia Cremona
Patricia.Cremona@unep-wcmc.org


Central Asian Mammals Initiative: Saving the last Migrations
L-R: Tanya Rosen Michel; Askar Davletbakov, National Academy of Sciences, Kyrgyzstan; Abdusattor Saidov, Academy of Sciences, Tajikistan; Dana Yermolyonok, German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ); and Christiane Roettger, CMS Secretariat
Tanya Rosen Michel
Christiane Roettger, CMS Secretariat
Abdusattor Saidov, Academy of Sciences, Tajikistan
Dana Yermolyonok, GIZ
Askar Davletbakov, National Academy of Sciences, Kyrgyzstan
This side-event was organized by the CMS Secretariat, Range States, Switzerland and Germany. At the event, moderated by Christiane Roettger, CMS, the publication titled "Central Asian Mammals Initiative: Saving the Last Migrations" was launched, in the framework of the CMS's Central Asian Mammals Initiative (CAMI). The publication provides an overview of threats to large mammals and their migrations and features conservation solutions.

Reinhard Schnidrig, Federal Office of the Environment, Switzerland, highlighted that Central Asia is one of the world's last remaining hotspots of large-ungulate migrations because of its vast steppe, desert and mountain ecosystems, which are crucial for wildlife and provide essential ecosystem services. Tatjana Rosen Michel, publication co-author, highlighted challenges these migrations face including poaching, illegal trade, habitat loss, and infrastructure development as well as disease, and climate change. Askar Davletbakov, National Academy of Sciences, Kyrgyzstan, described the work on argali sheep in Kyrgyzstan. Abdusattor Saidov, Academy of Sciences, Tajikistan, highlighted the work done on the Buhkara deer. Dana Yermolyonok, German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ), described the work of GIZ in support of wildlife management and sustainable use in Central Asia.
Dana Yermolyonok, GIZ, presented her organization's work on sustainable wildlife management in Central Asia
More Information:

www.cms.int

Contacts:

Christiane Roettger, CMS Secretariat
CRoettger@cms.int

Preventing Poisoning: Time for Action
View of the room during the side event
This event was organized by the CMS Preventing Poisoning Working Group, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds/BirdLife, and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT). Participants heard presentations, including from BirdLife International UN Development Programme and Global Environment Facility (UNDP/GEF) Migratory Soaring Birds Project, on how regional approaches can help deliver integrated best practices to prevent migratory bird poisoning. Participants then discussed actions to prevent or minimize threats posed by poison baits, pesticides, rodenticides, veterinary diclofenac and lead ammunition and fishing weights.
L-R: Marcus Kohler, BirdLife International; Jorge Orueta, Spanish Society of Ornithology; and Debbie Pain, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
More Information:

www.rspb.org.uk

Contacts:

Ellie Crane, RSPB
ellie.crane@rspb.org.uk

Pacific Voyagers - Our Islands, Our Species, Our People, Our Future
Ian Campbell, WWF-South Pacific
Aisake Batibasaga, Fiji
At this event, organized by the Pacific Island delegations in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), participants heard traditional stories and legends of migratory species, both animal and human, which illustrated the connection between human beings and the environment. Panelists including Aisake Batibasaga, Fiji; Saras Sharma-Goundar, Fiji; Ian Campbell, WWF-South Pacific; and Arthur Sokimi, The Pew Charitable Trusts, described initiatives to protect and manage migratory species throughout the Pacific, an area spanning more than 10% of the global ocean.

Panelists shared stories and experiences related to whales, turtles, dolphins and sharks, underscoring these species as symbols of hope for Pacific Island communities.
L-R: Arthur Sokimi, The Pew Charitable Trusts; Ian Campbell, WWF-South Pacific; Saras Sharma-Goundar, Fiji; and Aisake Batibasaga, iji
More Information:

www.sprep.org

Contacts:

Aisake Batibasaga
abatibasaga@gmail.com

Addressing the Impact of Linear Infrastructure on Migratory Ungulates in Central Asia
Elsa Nickel, Germany, moderated the side event
Organized by the CMS Secretariat and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), this event introduced the Guidelines for Reducing the Impact of Linear Infrastructure on Migratory Mammals in Central Asia. It provided a forum to discuss the impacts on migratory mammals of large scale development of linear infrastructure such as roads, railroads, fences and pipelines in Central Asia. Elsa Nickel, Director of Nature Conservation, Ministry of Environment, Germany, provided background information on the region. Acknowledging the financial support provided by Germany and Switzerland for the preparation of the Guidelines, Peter Zahler, WCS, emphasized that the Guidelines have applications that go beyond the species covered under the CAMI. He described the Guideline Principles, including mitigation in planning and design, assessments, construction standards and solutions. Batbold Dorjgurkhem, Mongolia, highlighted the impacts of linear infrastructure on migratory wildlife in Mongolia. Ruth Tiffer Sotomayor, World Bank, also made remarks at the event.
L-R: Christiane Roettger, CMS Secretariat; Peter Wahler, WCS; Elsa Nickel, Germany; Batbold Dorjgurkhem, Mongolia; and Ruth Tiffer Sotomayor, World Bank
More Information:

www.cms.int

Contacts:

Christiane Roettger, CMS Secretariat
CRoettger@cms.int


Around the Venue
L-R: Shannon Dionne, US, Jean Preston, US, and Monika Thiele, UNEP
Delegates sharing a laugh in the corridors
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Moustafa Fouda, Egypt, being interviewed
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L-R: Moustafa Ali Fouda, Egypt; Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Ghana; and Francisco Rilla, CMS Secretariat
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L-R: Eva Duer and Margaret Oduk, 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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