The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) resumed on Tuesday, 24 October. The Committee of the Whole (CoW) continued its work in the morning. Participants heard reports from the working groups, and addressed agenda items on: options for a review process for the Convention; implementation of the concerted action process; national reports; national legislation to implement CMS; and terrestrial conservation issues.
In the afternoon, participants resumed their consideration of terrestrial, aquatic, and avian conservation issues.
In a brief ceremony, Sri Lanka, Benin and Brazil signed the MoU on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (the Sharks MoU). They became the 44th, 45th and 46th signatories, respectively. WWF became the tenth Cooperating Partner to the Sharks MoU.
Burkina Faso became the 58th signatory of the MoU on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU). The Peregrine Fund became the fifth Cooperating Partner to the Raptors MoU.
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Committee of the Whole (CoW)
L-R: Bert Lenten, CMS Deputy Executive Secretary; Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat; Rod Hay, CoW Chair; and Bradnee Chambers, CMS Executive Secretary
Rod Hay, CoW Chair
L-R: Elizabeth Mrema, UN Environment; Bradnee Chambers, CMS Executive Secretary; and Francisco Rilla, UN Environment
Susan Lieberman, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
Signing of the MoU on Sharks
Signing of the MoU on Raptors
CMS Executive Secretary Chambers with Germaine Ouedraogo Bouda, Burkina Faso
CMS Executive Secretary Chambers with Munir Virani, The Peregrine Fund
Terrestrial Species Working Group
CMS COP12 Snapshots
Youth particpants encouraging delegates to save marine species
Local COP12 participants pose with Mundita Lim (center), Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Philippines
Philippine booth at COP12