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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 Sunday, 20 November 2011
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A packed audience for the opening ceremony of COP10 in Bergen, Norway.
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CMSThe Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) formally opened today in Bergen, Norway. The conference began with a high-level opening ceremony in the early afternoon, and closed for the day with an evening reception. See below for photos and details from ENB coverage of the meeting.

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High-level opening ceremony
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L-R: CMS opening ceremony dais with Fernando Spina, CMS Scientific Councillor, Italy; Elizabeth Mrema, CMS Executive Secretary; Amina Mohammed, UNEP Deputy Executive Director; Prince Bandar Al-Saud, CMS Standing Committee Chair, Saudi Arabia; Erik Solheim, Minister of the Environment and International Development, Norway; and Lisbeth Iversen, Bergen Municipality.
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Prince Bandar Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, CMS Standing Committee Chair
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Lisbeth Iversen, Bergen Municipality
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Amina Mohammed, UNEP Deputy Executive Director
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Fernando Spina, CMS Scientific Councillor, Italy
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Erik Solheim, Minister of the Environment and International Development, Norway
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Elizabeth Mrema, CMS Executive Secretary
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Biodiversity-related conventions panel. L-R: Elizabeth Mrema, CMS Executive Secretary; John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General; Nick Davidson, Ramsar Deputy Secretary General; Shakeel Bhatti, Secretary for the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture; and Peter Schei, Representative of Norway and CMS Ambassador.
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The high-level opening ceremony began with a musical performance.
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On Sunday, 20 November, 2011, COP10 opened with a musical performance, which included audience participation in one of the songs.

In the opening, His Highness Prince Bandar Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, CMS Standing Committee Chair, on the future of the CMS, urged parties to agree on options to provide CMS with institutional support and adequate resources to fulfill its objectives.

Welcoming participants to Bergen, Lisbeth Iversen, Commissioner, Bergen Municipality, noted that migratory species “know no borders,” and, recalling the responsibility to protect these species, said “they belong to all of us and we belong to them.”

Amina Mohammed, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Deputy Executive Director, pointing to the need to address poverty and inequity when considering biodiversity conservation, highlighted UNEP’s work on a green economy and the economic valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Elizabeth Mrema, CMS Executive Secretary, citing the recovery of the populations of the Saiga antelope, emphasized the utility of MoUs among other CMS mechanisms for the conservation of migratory species adding that success depends on cooperation of range states, political will and provision of adequate financing and synergies among MEAs.

Mohammed then invited representatives from five of the biodiversity-related conventions to discuss: synergies; how their respective Secretariats contribute to the conservation of migratory species and habitats; the benefits of collaboration with the CMS and each other; and what collaborative efforts could be enhanced.

Highlighting collaborative efforts among CMS, CITES, Ramsar, FAO, CBD and others, John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General, stressed the need to work collaboratively to keep species, not only ecosystems, on the conservation agenda. Nick Davidson, Ramsar Deputy Secretary General, added that collaboration is needed not only between Secretariats and Convention mechanisms, but also at the national level, including between Convention focal points and across government ministries.

Shakheel Bhatti, Secretary of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), noted the agreement’s participation in the Liaison Group of Biodiversity-related Conventions, and emphasized the need to “speak as one voice” across sectors to raise concerns about biodiversity loss. He also highlighted synergies, such as the similarity between the concepts of “wise use” under CMS and “sustainable use” under ITPGRFA.
Looking towards the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+ 20) in 2012, Peter Shei, Representative of Norway and CMS Ambassador, urged dialogue with and involvement of business and other sectors, such as climate change and trade, to encourage cross-sectorial cooperation and understanding.

Elizabeth Mrema highlighted the need to avoid duplication, advising in particular the development of synergies at the national level, such as communication between focal points, and the participation of all biodiversity-related agreements in the development of NBSAPs.
Fernando Spina, CMS Scientific Councillor, Italy, said that the variety of approaches in regards to migratory species protection among range states is a challenge to their conservation and called for cooperation and development of common goals.

H.E. Erik Solheim, Norwegian Minister of the Environment, said that Norway was built on migratory species including salmon, which are an important export product, and various birds which return in May and April.

In conclusion, Prince Bandar Al-Saud said that most countries have migratory species and that their conservation depends on trust and partnership among range states.


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Evening reception
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Bright lights at the reception venue in Bergen.
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Delegates from Tajikistan at the reception.
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When the wild ducks or the wild geese migrate in their season, a strange tide
rises in the territories over which they sweep. As if magnetized by the great
triangular flight, the barnyard fowl leap a foot or two into the air and try to fly.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
 
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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
*Biodiversity-L - A mailing list for news on biodiversity and wildlife policy
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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