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12th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on
the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP12)

Their Future is Our Future – Sustainable Development for Wildlife & People

23-28 October 2017 | Manila, Philippines

Highlights for Monday, 23 October 2017

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Mountain gorillas can be found in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (photo courtesy of Kate Helfenstein-Louw)

The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) opened on Monday, 23 October 2017. During the morning plenary session, participants heard keynote speeches, enjoyed a cultural presentation, addressed a number of organizational matters, and heard reports from the CMS subsidiary bodies.

In the afternoon, CMS Executive Secretary Bradnee Chambers presented the report of the Secretariat and implementation of the Programme of Work 2015-2017. The Committee of the Whole (CoW) convened to address budgetary and administrative matters, and the review of decisions. A number of working groups were also established and held their initial meetings in the evening.

In a brief ceremony, Tarsicio Granizo Tamayo, Minister of Environment, Ecuador, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks.

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Opening Plenary


Lively drumbeats entertained participants at the opening of COP12

Fire dancers performing at the opening of COP12


Nadya Yuti Hutagalung, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador


Yann Arthus-Bertrand, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador

Cynthia Villar, Senator and Chair, Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Reseources, the Philippines


Zach Beaudoin, Winner, CMS-UN Foundation essay competition



L-R: Bradnee Chambers, CMS Executive Secretary; Øystein Størkersen, Chair of the Standing Committee; and Bert Lenten, CMS Deputy Executive Secretary


Roy Cimatu, Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, the Philippines

Tarsicio Granizo Tamayo, Minister of Environment, Ecuador


Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment

John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)


Bradnee Chambers, CMS Executive Secretary

Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity


Roy Cimatu, Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, the Philippines, elected as CMS COP12 Chair


L-R: Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat; Rod Hay, CoW Chair; Bradnee Chambers, CMS Executive Secretary; Roy Cimatu, COP12 Chair; and Bert Lenten, CMS Deputy Executive Secretary



Øystein Størkersen
, CMS Standing Committee Chair, reported on the work of the Standing Committee during the intersessional period



Fernando Spina
, Scientific Council Chair, reported on the work of the Scientific Committee during the intersessional period


Committee of the Whole

L-R: Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat; Rod Hay, CoW Chair; and Bradnee Chambers, CMS Executive Secretary


L-R: Bradnee Chambers, CMS Executive Secretary, witnessing the signing of the MoU on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks by Tarsicio Granizo Tamayo, Minister of Environment, Ecuador



Sadiki Lotha Laiser
, Tanzania

Obaid Ali Al Shamsi, United Arab Emirates



Simon Nemtzov
, Israel

Marku Lamp, Estonia, on behalf of the EU and its 28 Member States



Reinhard Schnidrig
, Switzerland

Lkhagvasuren Badamjav, Mongolia



CMS COP12 Snapshots

Participants and the ENB team are warmly welcomed to the opening of COP12


L-R: Raed Bani Hani, Jordan; Belal Al Hayk, Syria; Akram Eissa Darwich, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW); and Abdallah Al Hakmi, Saudi Arabia


L-R: Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Ghana; Elizabeth Mrema, UN Environment; and Pam Chasek, ENB/IISD Reporting Services


Whale shark art installation


COP12 field trip registration



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Specific funding for coverage of CMS COP12 has been provided by the
European Union (EU) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines
EU Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines

IISD Reporting Services is grateful to the many donors of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) and recognizes the following as core contributors to the ENB: the EU and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. General Support for the Bulletin during 2017 is provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES), New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Switzerland (Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)), and SWAN International. Funding for translation of the Bulletin into French has been provided by the Government of France, Québec, and the Institute of La Francophonie for Sustainable Development (IFDD), a subsidiary body of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF).