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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)

21-25 November 2011 | Bergen, Norway
 
DAILY WEB COVERAGE

Coverage on Wednesday, 23 November 2011
View of the Bergen harbor.
   
 
   
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Migratory Species: Conservation and International Trade

Presented by the CMS and CITES Secretariats
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View of joint CMS-CITES side event in session.
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This joint session, held by the Secretariats of the CMS and CITES Conventions, presented ways in which the two organizations are coordinating their work.

David Morgan, CITES, introduced some of the shared features of CITES and CMS, underscoring that the common currency between the two was species. Melanie Virtue, CMS, outlined the six primary species groups that both conventions cover: migratory birds; terrestrial mammals; marine mammals; marine turtles; fish; and insects.

Morgan drew attention to the Joint Work Programme (JWP) between the two Conventions that was adopted at the 39th Meeting of the CMS Standing Committee on 19 November 2011. He outlined that the JWP included: harmonization of taxonomy and nomenclature; administrative and fundraising cooperation; outreach and capacity-building activities; and joint actions for the conservation and sustainable use of shared species.

On their work on shared species, Virtue and Morgan detailed some of the achievements on sharks, the Saiga antelope, African elephants and gorillas. They noted that these activities included: species listing on the respective Appendices I and II of each Convention; joint agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs); and co-convened meetings and workshops.

In addition to the species-specific work, Morgan outlined overall achievements made by the two Conventions including: improved conservation outcomes; reduced costs; and improved coordination at an international level, underscoring the development of the InforMEA web portal.

Looking to the future, 2012-14, Morgan and Virtue described plans for fundraising to implement joint projects, outreach and capacity building. They further proposed co-representation at future meetings to save on staffing costs and to reduce their environmental footprints. Morgan finished by questioning how to improve work at the national level, including through articulating conservation policy between different authorities within partner countries.

Participants discussed how Parties could become more engaged with the CITES and CMS processes.

   
 
 
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Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat, described the work done by CMS and CITES under the legally binding Gorilla Agreement.
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David Morgan, CITES Secretariat, described progress made by the two conventions on harmonizing mammal nomenclature.
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L-R: Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat and David Morgan, CITES Secretariat
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More Information:

http://www.cites.org

http://www.cms.int

Contacts:

David Morgan <david.morgan@cites.org>
Melanie Virtue <mvirtue@cms.int>


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Migratory Species Conservation Activities in North America

Presented by the CMS Secretariat
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Monika Thiele, CMS, outlined CMS’ activities in the region.
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Shannon Dionne, NOAA, highlighted the NOAA-CMS letter of cooperation.
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Herb Raffaele, US Fish and Wildlife Service, noted CMS’ potential for numerous collaborations in the US.
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This side event provided an overview of the conservation activities addressing migratory species in the North America region.

Bert Lenten, CMS Deputy Executive Secretary, introduced the side event, noting that North America is an important region for the CMS Secretariat. He stressed that having a North America Focal Point will increase CMS’ involvement and raise its profile in the many activities taking place.

Monika Thiele, CMS North America Focal Point, said that having the focal point based in Washington D.C. promotes international cooperation, increases opportunities for international funding and better communicates CMS activities. She noted CMS priorities and actions in the region, underscoring work on carrying out baseline assessments on existing special initiatives and developing partnerships and networks for CMS.

Herb Raffaele, US Fish and Wildlife Service, outlined the Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative (WHMSI), with which CMS has a MoU. He said that WHMSI: seeks to significantly contribute to migratory species’ conservation through building capacity and encouraging exchange of ideas and information; it has universal membership; and its terms of reference are accepted in principle to avoid “red tape.”

Shannon Dionne, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), said the NOAA-CMS letter of cooperation aims to facilitate collaboration between CMS and NOAA on conserving and managing migratory species and their habitats in ways that are consistent with the goals of both NOAA and CMS. She noted that the current cooperation letter expires in December 2012, that a new letter of cooperation is due to be drafted and could include an associated action plan.

Sonja Fordham, Shark Advocates International, lamented that threats to sharks include being prized for their meat, fins, liver oil and hides, as well as their teeth. She said that there is a data deficiency, which limits the ability to effectively manage their populations. Outlining the MoU on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks, she said that it has 17 signatories and that steps are being taken to list the giant manta ray. She lauded the US for their efforts in shark conservation, highlighting steps such as the proposal to ban finning at the 14th Special Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) held in November 2004. She noted that although the US is not a party to the CMS it has still made a significant contribution to the work of the Convention.

In the ensuing discussion, participants highlighted possible collaborations with CMS, US interests in Shark MoUs, ecotourism and regional fisheries management organizations.

   
 
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L-R: Herb Raffaele, US Fish and Wildlife Service; Sonja Fordham, Shark Advocates International; Monika Thiele, CMS Secretariat; Shannon Dionne, NOAA; Bert Lenten, CMS Secretariat
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View of the side event on migratory species conservation in North America.
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CMS and High Seas Marine Species Protection

Presented by the Migratory Wildlife Network
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View of the side event on the CMS and High Seas Marine Species protection.
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Kristina Gjerde, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
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Margi Prideaux, Migratory Wildlife Network
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The White-Eared Kob Migration in Gambella-Ethiopia:
Gambella’s hidden treasure


Presented by the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority
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L-R: Kifle Argaw, Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority; and Lakew Berhanu, Sustainable Development of Protected Area System of Ethiopia, informed participants that the White-eared Kob migration is the second biggest mass migration of mammals in Africa.
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Serengeti of Central Asia: Conservation of the Saiga antelope

Presented by the Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity in Kazakhstan (ACBK) and ZFG
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Eva Klebelsberg, ACBK, presented trends and lessons learned on the Saiga conservation in Kazakhstan.
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Global Waterbird Flyway Conservation Best Practices with a Focus on East Asian Intertidal Habitats and the Spoon-Billed Sandpiper

Presented by BirdLife International, Wetlands International,
East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP)
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Leon Bennun, BirdLife International, presented at the side event on global waterbird flyway conservation.
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Nick Davidson, Deputy Secretary-General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
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Manuel Gerochi, the Philippines
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