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Costa Rica

Summary



On Friday, 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 final day in San José, Costa Rica.

In the morning, MOS2 began with discussion on the rules of procedure, without reaching agreement, namely due to the rules on quorum and decision making. MOS2 continued, discussing and adopting: their Programme of Work (2016-2018); their national reporting strategy; the revised European Union (EU) amendment to the MOU, namely that the MOS should define the Advisory Committee’s (AC) tasks; the AC’s terms of reference; and the creation of a list of experts concerned with shark conservation.

In the afternoon, Signatories informally discussed on the Sharks MOU’s rules of procedure, postponing plenary for several hours. MOS2 reconvened in the evening, without reaching agreement to the rules of procedure on the issues of quorum and decision making, but agreed to adopt the rules of procedure with a chapeau text explaining that bracketed text remains on the above issues. MOS2 nominated Lesley Gidding-Reeve (Australia) and Andrea Ramirez (Colombia) as Co-Chairs of the Intersessional Working Group (IWG), which will focus on a communication strategy for the MOU.

MOS2 heard closing speeches from Bert Lenten, CMS Secretariat, MOS2 Chair Fernando Mora Rodríguez, Vice Minister of Waters, Oceans, Coasts and Wetlands, Costa Rica, and Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat. They all reflected on MOS2’s accomplishments, including: the listing of 22 shark and ray species; the terms of reference for the AC, the Conservation Working Group (CWG) and for coordinating partners; the addition of one new Signatory, Portugal; and seven cooperating partners.

MOS2 closed at 6:05pm.

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Plenary


Stamatis Varsamos, EU

Luis Estevez, US

Andrea Ramírez, Colombia, discussing with Chair Fernando Mora Rodríguez, Vice Minister of Waters, Oceans, Coasts and Wetlands, Costa Rica


Rafael Monge, Costa Rica


IWG Co-Chairs Cheri McCarty (US) and Jamie Rendell (UK)

Luis Estevez, United States, IWG Co-Chair Cheri McCarty (US),
Chris Wold, Legal Advisor, CMS Secretariat, Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat,
and Chair Fernando Mora Rodríguez, Vice Minister of Waters, Oceans, Coasts and Wetlands, Costa Rica


Francisco Ponce, Chile

Bert Lenten, CMS Secretariat

Djibril Diouck, Senegal


Sarika Singa, South Africa

Rima Jabado and Mauna Al Shamsi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)


Amie Brautigam, World Conservation Society (WCS),
and Soule Hamidou, Comoros


Chair Fernando Mora Rodríguez, Vice Minister of Waters, Oceans,
Coasts and Wetlands, Costa Rica, and Helena Molina, Universidad de Costa Rica


 


Andrea Ramírez, Colombia, and Stamatis Varsamos, EU


New IWG Co-Chairs Lesley Gidding-Reeve (Australia) and Andrea Ramírez (Colombia)

Around the Venue

 

Eva Meyers, CMS Secretariat, Tine Lindberg-Roncari, CMS Secretariat, Chris Wold, Legal Advisor, CMS Secretariat, Robert Vagg, Report Writer, CMS Secretariat, Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat, and Andrea Pauly, CMS Secretariat



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