Family photo at the end of the Stakeholder Dialogue
Member states, non-governmental organizations and intergovernmental organizations convened in the afternoon for a Stakeholder Dialogue on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, part of a series of events held prior to the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13).
Soumitra Dasgupta, Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, India, welcomed participants and highlighted that India’s commitment to protecting wildlife is ingrained in its constitution. He noted the importance of community partnerships for wildlife conservation, emphasizing that he has seen former poachers transformed into "ardent protectors" of wildlife. Jochen Flasbarth, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany, emphasized that CMS can act as an ambassador for multilateralism, since it is easy to understand why collaboration between states is required to protect migratory species.
Sue Lieberman, Wildlife Conservation Society, stressed the importance of CMS COP13 in raising the visibility of migratory species issues at the fifteenth meeting of Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP15) in 2020 in Kunming, China, which will adopt a Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.
Amy Fraenkel, CMS Executive Secretary, reviewed CMS’ engagement in the development of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, stressing the “once in a decade opportunity” that CBD COP15 presents to fill gaps in the global biodiversity agenda.
Nicola Crockford, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, highlighted the crucial role of NGOs and civil society across the international and national level. Ward Hagemeijerm, Wetlands International, expressed concern at the lack of public attention awarded to biodiversity, fearing that people take it for granted, remaining oblivious to how we depend on it and are impacted by its loss.
The panel then engaged in a discussion with the audience. Sonali Ghosh, Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change, India, introduced the open discussion which explored how:
sea turtle conservation work undertaken by communities can be enhanced under CMS, including through the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of Marine Turtles and their Habitats of the Indian Ocean and South-East Asia;
women's contributions to the conservation of the greater adjutant stork could be leveraged with an inter-jurisdictional action plan; and
awareness raising on the role of migratory species such as the amur falcon in other countries around the globe can support local conservation efforts through behavioural change.
In closing the Stakeholder Dialogue, Sue Lieberman emphasized how conservation of migratory species is about connectivity; connecting people and connecting wildlife, as well as engaging with local communities and governments.
IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and producde a summary and analysis report from CMS COP13 which is now available in HTML and PDF.
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