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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 Thursday, 26 October 2017

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The CoW endorsed the proposal to list the African lion on Annex II of the Convention.
(photo courtesy of Francis Dejon)

The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) resumed Thursday, 26 October 2017. Participants continued their work in the Committee of the Whole (CoW), addressing the listing of avian and aquatic species on CMS Appendices I and II, as well as the template for drafting such proposals. They also considered the item on enhancing synergies and sharing common services among the CMS family instruments.

In the afternoon, the CoW resumed its work, beginning with deliberations on proposals for listing terrestrial species on CMS Appendices I and II, and addressed: issues under the implementation of the Concerted Action process; establishing a COP presidency under the Rules of Procedure; and a number of draft decisions to forward to plenary for adoption.

On Friday, 27 October, delegates will have a day off for excursions, before returning on Saturday, 28 October, for the final session of the CoW and the closing plenary.

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Committee of the Whole (CoW)

Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Chair of the Terrestrial Working Group

Narelle Montgomery, Chair of the Institutional Working Group


Marcel Calvar, Chair of the Credentials Committee

James Njogu, Chair of the Review of Decisions Working Group


Bird's eye view of CoW deliberations


Antoinette Taus, Communities Organized for Resource Allocation (CORA)

Saras Saras Sharma, Fiji


Ugo Eichler Vercillo, Brazil

Analiza Rebuelta-Teh, the Philippines

Santiago D'Alessio, Argentina


Patrick Omondi, Kenya

Julia Cordero, Ecuador

Stefan Leiner, EU



L-R: Malta Qwathekana, South Africa, consulting with Nana Kofi Adu-Nsiah, Ghana



L-R: Mundita Lim, the Philippines, consulting with Marku Lamp, EU


View of the CoW plenary from the dais



L-R: Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat; Chris Wold, CMS Secretariat; Bradnee Chambers, CMS Executive Secretary; and Rod Hay, CoW Chair, consulting on the Rules of Procedure for voting



Delegates voting to add species to the CMS appendices



L-R: Analiza Rebuelta-Teh; Corazon Davis; Nonita Caguioa; and Josie de Leon, the Philippines


Simon Nemtzov, Israel

Alex Macdonald, New Zealand

Soumitra Dasgupta, India


Vince Cinches, Greenpeace Southeast Asia

Blas Cabrera, Honduras

Okoumassou Kotchikpa, Togo



CMS COP12 Snapshots

Shark mascots campaigning shark for conservation


Elizabeth Mrema and Francisco Rilla, UN Environment



Participants at the Philippine food and handicrafts booths






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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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