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Biodiversity Policy & Practice

Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP11) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)

3-9 November 2014 | Quito, Ecuador

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Summary Highlights of the Meeting

Monday, 3 November 2014

The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP11) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) opened today in Quito, Ecuador, with a High-Level Ministerial Panel on “Uniting the Rights of Nature and the Green Economy: Finding Solutions to Protecting International Wildlife.” The Panel focused on reconciling the “apparently conflicting philosophies” of the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and the rights of nature. Philippe Cousteau, Jr. moderated the panel.

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Photo courtesy of Panthera/AoS/University of Delaware
Lorena Tapia, Minister of Environment, Ecuador
Boundjiouw Sama, Secretary General of Ministry of Environment and Forestry Resources, Togo
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L-R: Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary, CMS; Ashlan Gorse Cousteau; Philippe Cousteau, Jr.; and John Scanlon, Secretary General, CITES
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Participants during the celebration.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

CMS COP11 officially opened today in Quito, Ecuador, with a ceremony moderated by Ashlan Gorse Cousteau. Participants addressed administrative and organizational matters and then discussed the Strategic Plan for Migratory Species 2015-2023, the Future Shape of CMS and the draft budget 2015-2017.

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Akankwasah Barirega, Uganda
Moustafa Fouda, Egypt
Anne Theo Seinen, EU
Renato Domith Godinho, Brazil
Simon Nemtzov, Israel
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The Argentinian delegation. L-R: Vanesa Tossenberger, Rodolfo Sánchez, and Verónica Limongelli.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

CMS COP11 continued on Wednesday in Quito, Ecuador. CoW Chair Øystein Størkersen noted that working groups have been established for Budget, Avian and Aquatic species, as well as a drafting group on governance.

During a signing ceremony held in the afternoon, Sweden signed the MoU on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (Sharks MoU). Switzerland and the Czech Republic signed the MoU on the Conservation of Migratory Birds in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU). The Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi (EAD), on behalf of the UAE, signed a Partnership Agreement extension, including a US$ 1.3 million financial contribution. The Humane Society International (HSI) signed a Partnership Agreement.

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The dais during the morning plenary
L-R: Narelle Montgomery and Geoff Richardson, Australia
Mark Simmonds, HSI
Signature Ceremony between the Government of Sweden and CMS
L-R: Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat; Susanne Viker, Sweden; and Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary, CMS
L-R: Bernd de Bruijn, VBN; Danaë Sheehan, RSPB; Franz Bairlein, Institute for Avian Research; Samuel Temidayo Osinubi, BirdLife International; Olivier Biber, Siwtzerland; Borja Heredia, CMS Secretariat; and Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Ghana

Thursday, 6 November 2014

CMS COP11 continued on Thursday in Quito, Ecuador, with a review of species listing proposals. In the morning, the CoW listened to progress reports from the Chairs of the Credentials Committee, the Drafting Group, the Aquatic Working Group and the Avian Working Group, with all these groups continuing to meet. The CoW also addressed amended draft resolutions on: the strategic plan for migratory species 2015-23 (UNEP/CMS/COP11/CRP1); the programme of work on climate change and migratory species (UNEP/CMS/COP11/CRP2); and enhancing the relationship between the CMS family and civil society (UNEP/CMS/COP11/CRP3). The CoW forwarded the three resolutions to plenary for adoption.

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A slide from Col Limpus’s presentation
Col Limpus, Australia
Andreas Obrecht, Switzerland
Akankwasah Barirega, Uganda
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L-R: Moustafa Ali Fouda, Egypt; Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Ghana; and Francisco Rilla, CMS Secretariat

Friday, 7 November 2014

CMS COP11 continued on Friday in Quito, Ecuador. In the morning, the CoW listened to progress reports from the Drafting Group, the Aquatic Working Group and the Avian Working Group, with these groups continuing to meet throughout the day. The CoW also forwarded to plenary, for adoption, amended draft Resolutions on the: revised proposal to add the lion (Panthera leo) to Appendix II (UNEP/CMS/COP11/CRP4); impacts of invasive alien species (UNEP/CMS/COP11/CRP5); and review of decisions (UNEP/CMS/COP11/CRP6).

In the afternoon, the CoW agreed to forward the following draft Resolutions to plenary for adoption, on: Sustainable Boat-Based Marine Wildlife (UNEP/CMS/COP11/CRP9); Renewable Energy and Migration Species (UNEP/CMS/COP11/CRP10); Taxonomy and Nomenclature of Birds Listed on the CMS Appendices (UNEP/CMS/COP11/CRP12); Conservation Implications of Cetacean Culture (UNEP/CMS/COP11/CRP13); and Live Captures of Cetaceans from the Wild for Commercial Purposes (UNEP/CMS/COP11/CRP15). On the live captures of cetaceans, CITES encouraged Parties to support multilateral approaches rather than approaches at variance with the CITES Convention, in reference to Article 14. CoW Chair Størkersen informed the CoW that the Working Group on restructuring the Scientific Council will report back to the Drafting Group. He suggested convening as the CoW for the first hour on Sunday and closed the session.

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Barry Baker, COP-Appointed Councillor for By-Catch
David Stroud, African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA)
Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Chair of the CMS Standing Committee
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Nick Williams (left), CMS Secretariat
L-R: Tatjana Rosen Michel, ENB, and Abdusattor Saidov, Tajikistan
L-R: James Williams, United Kingdom, and Elisabetta Raganella, Italy

Sunday, 9 November 2014

After addressing a packed agenda, CMS COP11 adopted 35 resolutions, including, on: the lion, that will work towards an Appendix II listing proposal to be presented at COP12; the Strategic Plan for Migratory Species 2015-2023; the Programme of Work on Climate Change and Migratory Species; the Central Asian Mammals Initiative; and the Renewable Energy and Migratory Species.

After considering proposals submitted by parties to amend the appendices of the Convention, the CoP decided to list 33 species, including the silky shark and European eel.

The COP welcomed the offer by the Philippines to host COP12. Several parties and NGOs made closing statements praising CMS for such a remarkable number of species listings and resolutions adopted.

In closing the meeting, Minister Tapia highlighted that COP11 participants “made borders disappear” by making firm decisions and commitments for action. The meeting was gaveled to a close at 2:08 pm.

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L-R: Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat; Co-Chair Øystein Størkersen, Norway; and Bradnee Chambers, CMS Executive Secretary
Margaret Oduk (left), UNEP, in consultations with Andreas Obrecht, Switzerland
L-R: Alegría Corral Jervis, Ecuador; Julia Cordero, Ecuador; and Geoff Richardson, Australia
L-R: Susanne Viker and Peter Õrn, Sweden
L-R: Katka Turčinová, Czech Republic, and Linda Lund, Norway
Bradnee Chambers, CMS Executive Secretary, congratulating Chair Lorena Tapia, Minister of Environment, Ecuador, on the organization of the meeting.
Members of the Ministry of Environment, Ecuador
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Heads of delegations posed for a photo at the end of the meeting

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Funding for coverage of this event has been provided by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
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Related Links
Meeting Resources

*Meeting Website *Meeting Annotated Agenda
*Meeting Documents *High Level Ministerial Panel
*Forty-second Standing Committee Meeting *Forty-third Standing Committee Meeting
*CMS Agreements *CMS Memoranda of Understanding
*CMS Special Species Initiatives *CMS Convention Text
*CMS Species List *CMS List of Parties and Range States
*Host Country Website


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the First Meeting of Signatories (MoS1) to the UN Environment Programme/Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS) Raptors Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), 9-11 December 2012, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the First Meeting of Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks, 24-27 September 2012, Bonn, Germany (English: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS Coverage of the Fifth Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), 14-18 May 2012, La Rochelle, France

*IISD RS Coverage of CMS COP10, 19-25 November 2011, Bergen, Norway

*IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at CMS COP10, 19-25 November 2011, Bergen, Norway

*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

*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

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly International Environment and Sustainable Development News
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