Highlights and images for 16 February 2020



Highlights for Sunday, 16 February 2020

Photo by Vladimir Cech Jr.

Delegates, non-governmental organizations, and intergovernmental organizations convened for a High-Level Segment to discuss priorities for migratory species conservation in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, highlighting the importance of connectivity in tackling the unprecedented threats facing migratory species. In the first session of the Segment, Ministers described their own work and views on the role and importance of CMS and how its priorities should be reflected in the Framework. Keshav Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change, India, expressed pride in India’s recent success in recovering tiger, elephant, and rhinoceros populations. Amy Fraenkel, CMS Executive Secretary, remarked that this is the first CMS COP since the Intergovermental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) sounded the alarm that we could lose a million species in the coming decade, including many migratory species. Yann Wehrling, France, used the approaching 50th anniversary of the Stockholm Declaration as a reminder for urgent action, including protecting 30 percent of our planet as interconnected nature reserves by 2030. In the second sessions, representatives of several intergovernmental organizations and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) were asked to reflect on the Ministers’ views, CMS, and ecological connectivity. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), noted that the Zero Draft will be simple and transformative and with no more targets than the Aichi Targets. Martha Rojas Urrego, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, emphasized the importance of preserving habitats, such as wetlands. Ivonne Higuero, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), highlighted the need to include indicators that will measure parties’ success in achieving the new targets in the Framework. John Scanlon, African Parks, noted that CMS is the only convention connecting species with habitats and emphasized that the current Zero Draft fails to make that connection. For more details on the day’s negotiations and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin.

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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High-Level Segment
Ministers welcoming Prakash Keshav Javadekar, Minister of Environment, India
Rebecca Lent, International Whaling Commission (IWC) and John Scanlon, African Parks, displaying the Earth Negotiations Bulletin
Chea Sam Ang, Cambodia
Sveinung Rotevatn, Norway
Kumari Weerasekara, Sri Lanka
Hany Muhammed Ali Tatwany, Saudi Arabia
Abhilash Khandekar, Moderator
Begun Habibun Nahar and Babul Supriyo, India
Yann Wehrling, France
Jochen Flasbarth, Germany
Sue Lieberman, Wildlife Conservation Society
Ovais Sarmad, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Theresa Mundita Lim, ASEAN Center for Biodiversity
John Scanlon, African Parks
Joyce Msuya, UN Environment Programme
Rebecca Lent, IWC
Dilipsiing Bayas, India
Jane Smart, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Prakash Keshav Javadekar, Minister of Environment, India, giving closing remarks
The smallest participant in the room shed tears of joy at the thought of connectivity among his homelands.
Champion Night Award Ceremony and Reception
Around the Venue