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Biodiversity Policy & Practice
Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)

19-25 November 2011 | Bergen, Norway

Highlights for Saturday, 19 November 2011
CMSThe Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will convene in Bergen, Norway from 20-25 November 2011. The COP is the CMS decision-making body. It meets every three years to review the Convention's implementation, adopt budgets, resolutions and recommendations, amend Appendix I and II and decide on priorities for future CMS activities.

During the week, COP 10 will address: proposals on the organization and strategic development of the CMS Family; extension of the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS) area; merger of CMS and the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas (ASCOBANS) Secretariat functions; and the Strategic Plan. COP 10 will also discuss measures to improve the conservation status of Appendix I and II species and conservation issues, including: critical sites and ecological networks for migratory species; barriers to migration; climate change and migratory species; and wildlife disease.

Finally it will entertain proposals submitted by Parties to amend the Appendices of the Convention, including seven species proposals, among them, the Giant Manta Ray (Manta birostris), the Argali Sheep (Ovis ammon), and the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug), proposed respectively for Appendix I and II, Appendix II and Appendix I listings.

A report on ecological networks as a tool for migratory species conservation, entitled “Living Planet, Connected Planet: Preventing the End of the World's Wildlife Migrations through Ecological Networks,” will be launched as the core publication of the COP. During the week, CMS will also convene a Donors Meeting for interested government and non-governmental bodies as well as the private sector to enhance collaboration among the CMS Secretariat and its donors.

The COP will preceded by the Standing Committee (StC) meeting on 19 November 2011. The Scientific Council (ScC), will meet from 17-18 November 2011. The First Meeting of the Signatories to the MoU concerning Conservation and Restoration of the Bukhara Deer (Cervus elaphus bactrianus) will be held on 20 November 2011.

CMS CoP 10 will be followed by, on:
*26-27 November, 2011, the Second Meeting of the Parties (MoP 2) to the CMS Agreement on the Conservation of Gorillas and their Habitats; and
*26-27 November, 2011, the Seventh Meeting of the Standing Committee of the African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA).

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    The 38th Standing Committee (StC) Meeting took place on Saturday, 19 November. The Committee approved the StC Report without comment. Discussion followed on proposed joint work programmes with CITES, CBD and Ramsar Secretariats.    
 
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L-R: CMS Standing Committee dais with Elizabeth Mrema, CMS Executive Secretary; Mohammed Sulayem, Chair of the Standing Committee, Saudi Arabia; Bert Lenten, CMS Deputy Executive Secretary; and Alfred Oteng Yeboah, Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee, Ghana
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Bert Lenten, CMS Deputy Executive Secretary
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Elizabeth Mrema, CMS Executive Secretary
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Alfred Oteng Yeboah, Vice-Chair of the CMS Standing Committee, Ghana
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John Mshelbwala, Chair of the Scientific Council, Nigeria
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Mohammed Sulayem, Chair of the Standing Committee, Saudi Arabia
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L-R: Wendy Jackson and Nicola Scott, New Zealand
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L-R: Bakary Kante and Mamadou Kane, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
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David H.W. Morgan, CITES
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Abdul Munaf Qaimkhani, Pakistan
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Martin Lok, the Netherlands
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Gunn Paulsen, Norway
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Marianne Courouble, France
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Elizabeth Mrema, CMS Executive Secretary receiving a poster on World Migratory Bird Day from Abdul Munaf Qaimkhani, Pakistan.
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L-R: Margaret Oduk, UNEP; Elizabeth Mrema, CMS Executive Secretary; Mohammed Sulayem, Chair of the Standing Committee, Saudi Arabia; and Mamadou Kane, UNEP
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First Meeting of the Bukhara Deer MoU
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    This meeting took place on 20 November 2011, with parties from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as well as international experts, meeting to review the conservation status of the Bukhara deer and to agree on future priorities under the CMS Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Conservation and Restoration of the Bukhara Deer. Parties heard that since 2002, when the MOU was concluded under CMS, the overall population of the Bukhara deer in Central Asia quadrupled from 350 to 1620. Parties agreed to submit biannual reports to the Secretariat on progress in implementing the MoU and the Action Plan, decided to review and update the Action Plan and to add Afghanistan as an additional range state to the MOU. The participants concluded the meeting by signing a joint statement with key action points reiterating their commitment to the conservation of Bukhara deer across its range.    
 
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L-R: Dais during the Bukhara Deer MoU with Christiane Röttger, CMS Secretariat; Khairbek Mussabayev, Chair of the Bukhara Deer MoU meeting, Kazahkstan; Elizabeth Mrema, CMS Executive Secretary; and Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat.
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Olga Preladova, WWF Russia
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Nurali Saidov, Tajikistan
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Sergey Yerokhov, Kazahkstan
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View of the Bukhara Deer Mou meeting in session.
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Sergey Sklyarenko, Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazahkstan
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Kathrin Uhlemann, German Development Cooperation (GIZ)
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Mikko Rautiainen, International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC)
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L-R: Christiane Röttger, CMS Secretariat in discussion with Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat
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Related Links
CMS resources
*COP 10 meeting website and documents
*COP 10 meeting schedule
*COP 10 annotated agenda
*Scientific Council meeting documents
*Standing Committee meeting documents
*Related Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding meetings
*Text of the Convention
*Appendices I and II of the Convention
*Text of the Convention
*List of Common Names of Species Included in the Appendices I and II
*List of CMS Parties
*List of Range States of Migratory Species included in the CMS Appendices

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of the Third meeting on International Cooperation on Migratory Sharks (SHARKS III) under the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), 8-12 February 2010, Manila, Philippines
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Second meeting on International Cooperation on Migratory Sharks under the Convention on Migratory Species (SHARKS II), 6-8 December 2008, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, Rome, Italy (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), 1-5 December 2008, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS coverage of the Fourth meeting of the Parties (MOP-4) to the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), 15-19 September 2008, Antananarivo, Madagascar
*IISD RS coverage of the Eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 8) to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), 20-25 November 2005, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
*IISD RS coverage of the Seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 7) to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and Second meeting of the Parties (MOP-2) to the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), 18-24 and 25-27 September 2002, Bonn, Germany
*IISD RS coverage of the Sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 6) to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), 4-16 November 1999, Cape Town, South Africa
*IISD RS archive of meetings on biodiversity, and backgrounder
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