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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

Daily Web Coverage (Click on the Following Links to See our Daily Webpages)
Highlights for Wednesday, 5 November 2014
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Photo courtesy of Panthera/AoS/University of Delaware
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.
Committee of the Whole
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The dais during the morning plenary
Laura Cerasi (left), CMS Secretariat
Ahmed Esmaeil Al Hashmi, UAE
Marco Valentini, EU
Nancy Céspedes, Chile
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Marco Barbieri, CMS Secretariat
Reinhard Schnidrig, Switzerland
Moustafa Fouda, Egypt
L-R: Narelle Montgomery and Geoff Richardson, Australia
Mark Simmonds, HSI
Rod Hay, New Zealand
Shannon Dionne, US
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Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Chair of the CMS Standing Committee
Nicolas Entrup, Wild Migration
Mark Jones, Born Free Foundation

Working Groups
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Participants during the Aquatic Issues Working Group
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Participants during the Avian Working Group
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Participants during the Drafting Group on Governance

Signing Ceremony
Signature Ceremony between the Government of Sweden and CMS
L-R: Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat; Susanne Viker, Sweden; and Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary, CMS
Signing Ceremony between the Government of Switzerland and CMS
L-R: Nick Williams, CMS; Reinhard Schnidrig, Switzerland; and Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary, CMS
Signing Ceremony between the Government of the Czech Republic and CMS
L-R: Nick Williams, CMS; Libuše Vlasáková, Czech Republic; and Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary, CMS
Signing Ceremony between the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi on behalf of the Government of UAE and CMS
L-R: Lyle Glowka, CMS Secretariat; Ahmed Esmaeil Al Hashmi, UAE; and Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary, CMS
Signing ceremony between HSI and CMS
L-R: Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat; Rebecca Regnery, Human Society International; and Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary, CMS

Side Events at CMS COP 11

Conserving African-Eurasian Migratory Landbirds – It Can Be Done!
A view of the room during the side event with Franz Bairlein, Institute for Avian Research, making a presentation on the European Bird
Atlas Project
This event was organized by BirdLife International, Vogelbescherming Nederland (VBN)- BirdLife in The Netherlands, and The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)- BirdLife in the UK.

Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Ghana, moderated the session. Oliver Biber, Switzerland, described the recently agreed non-binding African-Eurasian Migratory Landbird Action Plan (AEMLAP), stressing that it will not have budgetary implications on the Convention. Samuel Temidayo Osinubi, BirdLife International, spoke on AEMLAP implementation tools including the Migrant Landbird Study Group geared to promote information sharing on migrant landbirds at a global level.

Franz Bairlein, Institute for Avian Research, drew attention to the European Bird Migration Atlas which tracks the movements of European Birds, from their breeding grounds in Europe to their winter destinations in Africa. Danaë Sheehan, RSPB, noted the goal of international species action plans is returning these species to a favourable conservation status through the development of relevant capacity and partnerships to ensure the sustainable conservation of these species. Bernd de Bruijn, VBN, presented the work of the “Living on the Edge” project, which takes a landscape approach to addressing challenges facing both migrant landbirds and rural communities in the Sahel. Borja Heredia, CMS, lauded the AEMLAP, and stressed ensuring that it is driven by both Africa and Europe.
Franz Bairlein, Institute for Avian Research
Danaë Sheehan, RSPB
Bernd de Bruijn, VBN
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
Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Ghana
Olivier Biber, Siwtzerland
More Information:

www.birdlife.org

Contacts:

Samuel Temidayo Osinubi
Temidayo.Osinubi@birdlife.org

Bernd de Bruijn, BirdLife International
bernd.debruijn@vogelbescherming.nl


Linking Sustainable Tourism and Conservation of Migratory Species
A view of the room during the side event

Organized by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Consulting Unit on Tourism and Biodiversity, in collaboration with the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), the Ramsar Convention, and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), this event highlighted key initiatives with the potential to harness tourism for the conservation of migratory species. Participants considered the preliminary phase of the Destination Flyways project, implemented by UNWTO in collaboration with Wetlands International and BirdLife International, among others. They also discussed the findings of the UNWTO Briefing Paper “Towards measuring the economic value of wildlife watching tourism in Africa” as a step towards systematically measuring the economic value of wildlife-watching tourism market in Africa.

Representatives from various UN agencies and international organizations then engaged in a roundtable discussion on creating synergies between sustainable tourism and multilateral environmental agreements, with the goal of linking sustainable tourism with the management of protected areas, wetland conservation and the fight against poaching and illegal trade in wildlife.
L-R: Taej Mundkur, Wetlands International; Jacques Trouvilliez, AEWA Executive Secretary; David Morgan, CITES Secretariat; Maria Rivera, Ramsar Convention Secretariat; Virginia Fernandez-Trapa, UNWTO; Marcelo Meneses, Neotropic Travel; and Marcus Kohler, BirdLife International
More Information:

www.unwto.org

Contacts:

Virginia Fernandez-Trapa
vftrapa@unwto.de

Marine Debris – The Cruel and Silent Killer
Presentation during the side-event showing the dangers of marine debris on aquatic species
Organized by Humane Society International and Project AWARE, participants at this event were afforded an opportunity to review the latest information about marine debris as the growing, multifaceted threat to wildlife, including whales. The event showcased the information collected and reported by volunteer scuba divers via AWARE's Dive Against Debris program. Monica Thiele, CMS Focal Point for North America, and Simon Brockington, Secretary, International Whaling Commission, highlighted the work by other international bodies working on marine debris. Participants also considered the important future role of CMS in addressing this issue as a global, transboundary threat to migratory species requiring high level action.
Mark Simmonds, Humane Society International
Ania Budziak, Project Aware
More Information:

www.projectaware.org

Contacts:

Ania Budiziak
ania.budziak@projectaware.org

Mark Simmonds
msimmonds@hsi.org

Inspiring Action to Save Sharks: Governments Share their Stories
Maximiliano Bello, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Saras Sharma, Fiji
Stamatis Varsamos, EU
Gina Cuza Jones, Costa Rica
Eduardo Espinoza, Ecuador
This reception was organized by the governments of Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Fiji, and the EU and supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The event showcased work being undertaken to secure additional shark and ray protection, as well as national level efforts to establish stronger domestic shark management policies. Participants heard opening remarks from Achmat Hassiem, a shark attack survivor and shark conservation advocate. Ahmed Esmaeil Ahmed Al Hashmi, Ministry of Water and Environment, UAE, spoke on his country's domestic legislation to protect sharks. In their presentations, Egypt proposed listing silky sharks in Appendix II; Costa Rica and Ecuador proposed listing great hammerhead sharks, and scalloped hammerhead sharks in Appendix II; Fiji proposed listing reef manta rays and all mobula rays in both Appendices; and the EU proposed listing thresher sharks in Appendix II.
Participants during the reception
More Information:

www.pewtrusts.org

Contacts:

Luke Warwick
lwarwick@pewtrusts.org

Isabel Jarrett
ijarrett@pewtrusts.org


Around the Venue
The media at CMS COP11
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Jimmy Martínez, WWF Ecuador, being interviewed
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Rosalyn Morrison, Born Free Foundation
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Participants from the Ministry of Environment, Ecuador

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

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, 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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