Chair Akankwasah Barirega (Uganda) opened the Committee of the Whole (CoW) of the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13), followed by an update on progress from the Friends of the Chair Contact Group, the Budget Working Group, the Avian Species Working Group, Terrestrial Species Working Group, and the Aquatic Species Working Group.
The CoW moved swiftly through a long list of agenda items related to the conservation of terrestrial species, as well as cross-cutting issues, including:
the joint Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES)-African Carnivores Initiative, a collaborative initiative on the management of lion, leopard, cheetah, and wild dog populations across 27 range states, which many parties supported;
the conservation of the African Wild Ass, with Ethiopia and Senegal noting the importance of engaging local communities in their conservation;
the Central Asian Mammals Initiative (CAMI), supported by Mongolia, EU, UK, Switzerland, Uzbekistan, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS);
the application of Article III of the Convention, with the EU, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Norway, and CITES calling for an intersessional working group to clarify the nature and scale of the impact of international trade on the conservation status of CMS Appendix I-listed species before reconsidering this issue at COP14;
the reservations with respect to Amendments to Appendices I and II of the Convention, with Israel highlighting that reservations undermine the goals and effectiveness of the Convention
the review of the conservation status of migratory species, with the EU noting its deep concern that biological resource use is a significant threat facing migratory species; and
the conservation implications of animal culture and social complexity, highlighting that a number of socially complex mammalian species, such as several species of cetaceans, great apes, and elephants, show evidence of having non-human culture and that highly social species face unique conservation challenges.
In the evening, working groups established by the CoW reconvened.
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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