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.
IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis report from the CMS COP12. The summary and analysis report is now available in HTML and PDF.
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Committee of the Whole (CoW)
L-R: Erik Solheim, UN Environment Executive Director, and Bradnee Chambers, CMS Executive Secretary
Ines Verleye, Belgium
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)