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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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Highlights for Friday, 7 November 2014
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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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L-R: Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat; Co-Chair Øystein Størkersen, Norway; and Chris Wold, CMS Legal Advisor
Borja Heredia, CMS Secretariat
Jean Preston, US
Mark Jones, Born Free Foundation
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
Taej Mundkur, Wetlands International
Colin Galbraith, Chair of the Saker Falcon Task Force
Jacopo Cecere, EU
Ana Agreda, Ecuador
Anson Miguel Tagtag, the Philippines
Lira Joldubaeva, Kyrgyzstan
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Nick Williams (left), CMS Secretariat
Christiane Roettger, CMS Secretariat
Lira Joldubaeva, Kyrgyzstan
Olivier Biber, Chair of the CMS Working Group on Migratory Landbirds in the African-Eurasian Region
Ahmed Esmaeil Al Hashmi, UAE
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Francisco Rilla Manta, CMS Secretariat
L-R: Jorge Samaniego, Ecuador; Ana Agreda, Ecuador; Taej Mundkur, Wetlands International; and Monika Thiele, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
L-R: Nicola Crockford, BirdLife International, and Reinhard Schnidrig, Switzerland
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Florian Keil, CMS Secretariat
L-R: Hichem Azafzaf, Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux" (AAO), and Mohamed Badr Laamiri, Morocco
L-R: Mark Jones, Born Free Foundation, and James Gichiah Njogu, Kenya
L-R: Tatjana Rosen Michel, ENB, and Abdusattor Saidov, Tajikistan
L-R: James Williams, United Kingdom, and Elisabetta Raganella, Italy
L-R: Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Chair of the CMS Standing Committee, consulting with Col Limpus, Australia
L-R: Rosalyn Morrison, Born Free Foundation, USA; and Emily Weller, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Side Events at CMS COP 11
Exploring Opportunities for Enhancing Cooperation among the Biodiversity-Related Conventions at the National and Regional Level
View of the room during the side event
Margaret Oduk, UNEP
Andreas Obrecht, Switzerland
Elizabeth Mrema, UNEP

Margaret Oduk, UN Environment Programme Division of Environmental Law & Conventions (UNEP-DELC), moderated the event organized by UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), and introduced the UNEP project on "improving the effectiveness and cooperation among biodiversity-related conventions and exploring opportunities for synergies." In opening remarks, Elizabeth Mrema, Director, UNEP-DELC, drew attention to calls for synergies and stressed the need for coordination and cooperation to enhance efficiency. Andreas Obrecht, Switzerland, called for feedback on the 'draft sourcebook of opportunities for enhancing cooperation among the biodiversity-related conventions at national and regional level.'

Noting that the sourcebook describes barriers to achieving synergies and how to overcome them, Patricia Cremona, UNEP-WCMC, highlighted the sourcebook's non-prescriptive suggestions for enhancing cooperation and coordination at the national level. Moustafa Fouda, Egypt, stressed the need for, inter alia: a champion to promote cooperation and coordination; a common language across conventions; and a strong monitoring and evaluation mechanism to measure the success of the process.

Makiko Yashiro, UNEP multilateral environment agreement (MEA) Regional Focal Point for Asia and the Pacific, shared experiences from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme on the pre-COP preparatory workshop for the Pacific region that covered three biodiversity-related conventions. Kamar Yousuf, UNEP MEA Regional Focal Point for Africa, spoke on continent-wide focal-point workshops on integration of CMS and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) objectives into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) in Africa.

Moustafa Ali Fouda, Egypt
Makiko Yashiro, UNEP
Patricia Cremona, UNEP-WCMC
L-R: Elizabeth Mrema, UNEP; Mamadou Kane, UNEP; Margaret Oduk, UNEP; Andreas Obrecht, Switzerland; Patricia Cremona, UNEP-WCMC; Moustafa Ali Fouda, Egypt; Makiko Yashiro, UNEP; Kamar Yousuf, UNEP; and Eva Duer, UNEP
More Information:

www.unep-wcmc.org

Contacts:

Katharina Rogalla von Bieberstein, UNEP-WCMC
katharina.bieberstein@unep-wcmc.org

ICARUS – A New Global Satellite System to Observe Small Animals
Martin Wikelski, Max-Planck Institute of Ornithology, Germany
Fernando Spina, Italy
Organized by the Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology and the University of Konstanz, this event showcased the International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space (ICARUS) system – a global collaboration of animal scientists establishing satellite-based infrastructure for the observation of small species, including birds, bats and sea turtles. Martin Wilkeski, Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology, explained the system, highlighting that it consists of both space-borne elements including the International Space Center, and earth-borne elements including miniaturized animal tags.

Participants at the event discussed the importance of ICARUS, including its uses in disaster forecasting, conservation and discovery of unknown migrations.
Martin Wikelski, Max-Planck Institute of Ornithology, Germany, presented the possible uses of satellite based miniature animal tags in the field of wildlife conservation and tracking of species migration
More Information:

www.mpg.de

Contacts:

Uschi Müller, Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology
umueller@orn.mpg.de


Falconry and Conservation
Janusz Sielicki, International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey (IAF), highlighted the historical contributions of falconry to sustainable wildlife management
Organized by the International Association for Falconry and the Conservation of Birds of Prey (IAF), the side-event considered the theme "falconry and falconers as pioneers in sustainable wildlife management" as a conservation tool. Participants heard about the contribution of falconers to conservation, including through projects reviving birds such as the: California Condor, Peregrine Falcon, Aplomado Falcon, and Mauritius Kestrel.

Speakers at the event included Janusz Sielicki, IAF; Filippo Segato, European Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation (FACE); Nick Williams, CMS Secretariat; and Ruth Muñiz Lopez, Programme for the Conservation of the Harpy Eagle in Ecuador.
Janusz Sielicki, IAF, brought in an eagle that is used in sustainable wildlife management
Filippo Segato, FACE
Nick Williams, CMS Secretariat
Ruth Muñiz Lopez, Programme for the Conservation of the Harpy Eagle in Ecuador
 
More Information:

www.iaf.org

Contacts:

Janusz Sielicki, IAF
sielicki@iaf.org


Around the Venue
Ecuadorian eagle at the venue
Julia Cordero, Ecuador, being interviewed
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Daily Web Coverage (Click on the Following Links to See our Daily Webpages)

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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