Highlights and images for 18 February 2016

Costa Rica


The Second Meeting of Signatories (MOS2) to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (Sharks MOU) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) continued for its fourth day in San José, Costa Rica.

In the morning, MOS2 began with a signing ceremony, welcoming Portugal as the fortieth member of the Sharks MOU. The Credentials Committee reported that all Signatories present at MOS2 have provided their credentials. MOS2 proceeded, continuing its discussion on the MOU’s rules of procedure, including on its purpose, quorum, decision making, procedural motions and observers. MOS2 then discussed the Advisory Committee’s (AC) terms of reference.

In the afternoon, MOS2 discussed: the MOU’s programme of work, including items related to information exchange and supporting synergies; the AC’s draft format for national reporting; and the draft terms of reference for cooperating partners, which they agreed to. They heard presentations from candidate cooperating partners, namely International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Project Aware, the Shark Trust, Sharks Advocates International, Manta Trust, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) on, inter alia: their conservation strategies; education and outreach activities; capacity building efforts; and efforts to support the Sharks MOU. Afterwards, they signed the Sharks MOU as coordinating partners. MOS2 then proceeded to discuss the terms of reference for the Conservation Working Group, to which they agreed.

Two side events were held during the lunch break, “Golfo Dulce: Scalloped Hammerhead Sanctuary” was organized by Misión Tiburon, and “Global and Regional Perspectives for the Conservation and Management Of Migratory Sharks” was organized by Pretoma and Pew Charitable Trusts.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage and a summary and analysis report from Sharks MOS2, which is avaiable in HTML and PDF formats.

Signing Ceremony for Portugal to the Sharks MOU

Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat, João Loureiro, Portugal, Bert Lenten, CMS Secretariat, Chair Fernando Mora Rodríguez, Vice Minister of Waters, Oceans, Coasts and Wetlands, Costa Rica

Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat, Bert Lenten, CMS Secretariat, and João Loureiro, Portugal


Lesley Gidding, Australia

Djibril Diouck, Senegal

Francisco Ponce, Chile, Andrea Ramírez, Colombia, and IWG Co-Chair Jamie Rendell (UK)

Ralf Sonntag, DEEPWAVE

Jürgen Friedrich, Germany

Stamatis Varsamos, EU

Øystein Størkersen, Norway

Francisco Ponce, Chile, and Andrea Ramírez, Colombia


Kossi Maxoe Sedzro, Togo

Scott Gallacher, New Zealand

Informal consultation during coffee break

Lesley Gidding, Australia, and Stamatis Varsamos, EU

Signing Ceremony for new Coordinating Partners to the Sharks MOU

Akram Eissa Darwich, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

Sonja Fordham, Shark Advocates International

Amie Brautigam, World Conservation Society (WCS)

Isabel Ender, Manta Trust

Ania Budziak, Project AWARE

Ali Hood, Shark Trust

Side Event: Global and Regional Perspectives for the Conservation and Management of Migratory Sharks

Side Event: Golfo Dulce: Scalloped Hammerhead Sanctuary

Around the Venue

Costa Rican delegates

Bo-Alex Fredvik, IISDRS, Brazil/Canada, Asterios Tsioumanis, IISDRS, Greece, and Jennifer Lenhart, IISDRS, Sweden/United States

Tine Lindberg-Roncari, CMS Secretariat, Robert Vagg, Report Writer, CMS Secretariat


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