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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 Friday, 25 November 2011
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Raptor in Kyrgyzstan, a country in the process of acceding to CMS. Photo credit: K. Harris
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CMSOn Friday morning, Øystein Størkersen, Chair of the plenary, invited delegates to the final day of the COP10 to complete the agenda of the meeting. Heidi Sørensen, State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of the Environment, commended COP10 for its work, and announced that Norway repealed the reservations of all species of whales and sharks on CMS Appendix II and the great white shark on Appendix I including the following species of cetaceans: white-beaked dolphin, Atlantic white-sided dolphin, killer whale, narwhal, pygmy right whale, Antarctic minke whale, Bryde’s whale, fin whale, Sei whale and sperm whale. She stressed that these species would benefit from international collaboration for their management and conservation. Brita Slettemark, Norway, on behalf of Heidi Sørensen, State Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, and Erik Solheim, Minister of the Environment and International Development, congratulated delegates on their work and closed COP10 at 6:30pm.

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Plenary

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CMS plenary dais. L-R: Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat; Elizabeth Mrema, CMS Executive Secretary; Øystein Størkersen, CMS COP10 Chair; Bert Lenten, CMS Deputy Executive Secretary; and Aline Kuhl, CMS Secretariat.
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Elizabeth Mrema, CMS Executive Secretary

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Øystein Størkersen, CMS COP10 Chair

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Bert Lenten, CMS Deputy Executive Secretary

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Fernando Spina (Italy) was elected as the new CMS Scientific Council Chair.

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Heidi Sørensen, State Secretary, Norway

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Borja Heredia, CMS Secretariat

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Kholmumin Safarov, Tajikistan, and
Alexandr Grigoryants, Uzbekistan

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Wendy Jackson and Nicola Scott, New Zealand

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Barry Baker (Australia), Chair of the marine issues working group, presented revised draft resolutions on migratory aquatic species.

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Colin Galbraith (UK), Chair of the saker falcon working group, reported on the group's progress.

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Ines Verleye (EU), Chair of the strategic plan working group.

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Alfred Oteng-Yeboah (Ghana), Chair of the joint budget/future shape working group.

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Manuel Gerochi, Philippines
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Loudres Coya de la Fuente, Cuba

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Bakary Kante, UNEP

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Robert Vagg, CMS Secretariat

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Monaco signs MoUs on sharks and birds of prey.

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Ecuador delegates focused on plenary discussions.

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John O'Sullivan, CMS Appointed Councillor for Birds

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Nora Norma Neris, Paraguay
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Marianne Courouble, EU

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Elsa Nickel, Germany, thanked CMS Executive Secretary Elizabeth Mrema for her dedicated service to CMS.

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CMS Executive Secretary Elizabeth Mrema said that even though she would be leaving the Secretariat, she would remain committed to the conservation of migratory species.
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CMS COP10 staff gathered in plenary for the closing of CMS COP10.

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Brita Slettemark, Norway, read closing remarks on behalf of Heidi Sørensen, State Secretary, and Erik Solheim, Minister of the Environment and International Development.

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Around the venue
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Delegates enjoying a coffee break on the final day of CMS COP10.

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Mass migrations of paperwork at CMS COP10.

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Members of the troll delegation at CMS COP10.

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New Zealand delegate (and former ENBer) Wendy Jackson talking to Samoan delegate Tatu Latu Afioga during the coffee break, and looking surprisingly chipper despite staying up all night with the working group on the budget.

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ENBer Leonie Gordon chatting with Florian Keil, UNEP/AEWA Secretariat.

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Elizabeth Mrema thanked the outgoing Chair of the Standing Committee, Mohammed Saud Sulayem, presenting him with a token of gratitude on behalf of the CMS Secretariat.

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The first day or so we all pointed to our countries. The third or fourth day we were pointing to our continents. By the fifth day, we were aware of only one Earth.
-astronaut Sultan bin Salman Al-Saud

 
 
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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 Selected Side Events at the Tenth Conference of the Parties (COP 10) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)
*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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