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.
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
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
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
Funding for coverage of Sharks MOS2 has been provided by CMS
- Sharks MOS2 Website
- Provisional Agenda and List of Documents
- Sharks MOU Text with Annexes
- Report of the First MOU
- Fact Sheet on the CMS Sharks MOU
- Sharks MOU Website
IISD ENB/ENB Meeting Coverage
- 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP11) of the CMS, 3-9 November 2014, Quito, Ecuador
- 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) and 1st Meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (NP COP/MOP 1), 6-17 and 13-17 October 2014, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea
- Sharks MOS1, 24-27 September 2012, Bonn, Germany
- IISD Reporting Services Archive of CMS Meetings
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