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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 Wednesday, 25 October 2017

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Monarch butterflies can travel up to 3000 miles during their annual migration from Canada and the US to their
wintering grounds in Mexico (photo courtesy of Pam Chasek)

The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) resumed Wednesday, 25 October 2017. Participants heard a keynote speech from Erik Solheim, UN Environment Executive Director, and reports from UN Environment, the CMS daughter agreements, and the working groups. The Committee of the Whole (CoW) then continued its work, discussing the remaining aquatic and avian species conservation issues, national reports, synergies and partnerships, and the Strategic Plan for Migratory Species 2015-2023 (SPMS).

In the afternoon, the CoW resumed. Participants discussed: the Manila Declaration on Sustainable Development and Migratory Species; crosscutting conservation issues, including marine debris, climate change, bycatch, and the conservation implications of animal culture and social complexity; the future shape and strategies of CMS and the CMS Family; and taxonomy.

The working groups and the Budget Committee met over the course of the day to continue their work.

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Committee of the Whole (CoW)

Erik Solheim, UN Environment Executive Director, delivering a keynote speech


L-R: Bert Lenten, CMS Deputy Executive Secretary; Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat; Rod Hay, CoW Chair; Erik Solheim, UN Environment Executive Director; and Bradnee Chambers, CMS Executive Secretary


L-R: Erik Solheim, UN Environment Executive Director, and Bradnee Chambers, CMS Executive Secretary


Elizabeth Mrema, UN Environment

Florence Descroix-Comanducci, ACCOBAMS Executive Secretary


Jacques Trouvilliez, AEWA Executive Secretary

Andreas Streit, EUROBATS Executive Secretary


Nana Kofi Adu-Nsiah, Ghana

Thea Carroll, South Africa

Marcelo Böhlke, Brazil


Juan Miguel Cuna, the Philippines

Margi Prideaux, Wild Migration

Michael Donoghue, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)


Fernando Spina, Scientific Council Chair

Colin Galbraith, CMS Scientific Councillor


Ines Verleye, Belgium


Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat

Tilman Schneider, CMS Secretariat



Working Groups

View of the Aquatic Working Group, chaired by Barry Baker, CMS Scientific Councillor


View of the Avian Working Group, chaired by Rob Clay, CMS Scientific Councillor



CMS COP12 Snapshots

COP12 local registration staff pose with Nermalie Lita (center), Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Philippines


L-R: Kelly Malsch, UNEP-WCMC, and Sarah Ferriss, International Whaling Commission (IWC)



"A Happy Marine Life," an art installation on marine migratory species by Yvette Co and Roel Lazaro



Luggage tags depicting Philippine migratory wildlife





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European Union (EU) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines
EU Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines

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