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CMS Eighth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties
to the Convention on Migratory Species
of Wild Animals

UNEP Headquarters Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya | 20-25 November 2005
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Reports on Growth, Progress at CMS COP-8

On Monday 21 November, delegates to the eighth Conference of the Parties (COP-8) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) met in plenary throughout the day to hear welcoming remarks, consider administrative matters and reports, and considered draft resolutions on the 2010 biodiversity target and on sustainable use. A working group met in the evening to further consider the draft resolution on sustainable use. Above: Lui Bell, Samoa, and Robert Hepworth, Executive Secretary of the Convention, celebrate the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation between the CMS Secretariat and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).


Monday, 21 November
Plenary


Klaus Töpfer appeared via video, stressing the increasing relevance of CMS to the impacts of climate change on migratory species and the recent avian influenza outbreaks.

Robert Hepworth, Executive Secretary, highlighted the importance of the COP's guidance on species listings, new agreements, CMS strategic plan and resources to achieve the 2010 target.

Algeria affirmed its intention to join CMS by the end of 2005.

Honduras underscored the benefits of acceding to CMS, including poverty reduction.

Bakary Kante, UNEP/DEC Director, reported on UNEP's collaboration with CMS, highlighting initiatives on MDGs and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), and UNEP/DEC's focus on pro-poor markets for ecosystem services within the framework of MEAs.

Douglas Hykle, coordinator of the IOSEA Marine Turtles MOU, reported on the development of an online reporting facility, an interactive mapping system, and cooperation with FAO to report on the implementation of FAO by-catch guidelines.

Germany, as depositary and host government, reported on the signing of a new host country agreement with CMS, and on its contribution to the "Friends of CMS" initiative.

Lourdes Coya de la Fuente, Cuba, reported on its advanced stage in joining CMS.

Pati Liu, Samoa, stressed the vulnerability of small island developing states (SIDS) and expressed hope that its recent ratification would facilitate technical, scientific and financial cooperation.

Ward Hagemeijer, Wetlands International, noted that conservation and sustainable use of waterbirds and wetland resources require coordinated action.

John O'Sullivan, BirdLife International, asked to be listed among other partners for the development of a migratory species index in the context of the Living Planet Index.

Colin Galbraith, Scientific Council Chair, clarified that discussions of "indigenous subsistence use" went beyond scientific issues.

France proposed the CMS Secretariat report on its activities related to the 2010 Target at the next COP.

Rosalind Reeve, IFAW, identified several legal obstacles in applying the Addis Ababa Principles and Guidelines to CMS.

Robert Kenward, IUCN, stressed that AAPGs are not intended to be binding or universal, and favored their application to CMS.
Working Group on Sustainable Use

In the evening working group on sustainable use, chaired by Ian McLean (UK), delegates expressed support to AAPGs in the context of CBD, and discussed whether in the CMS context they could be perceived as an encouragement to consumptive use of migratory species.
Around COP-8

Unable to read the "keep off grass" signs, a large whale reclined on the lawn of the complex.

A lunchtime side event launched the Sahelo-Saharan antelopes partnership.

Delegates received copies of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin at the door this morning.

Resident turtles expressed no interest in "the whole migration thing."

Related Links

Convention on Migratory Species
CMS COP-8 web site
COP-8 Meeting Documents
Convention on Biological Diversity
Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
IUCN - The World Conservation Union
WWF International
CMS Press Release on Avian Influenza
Wetlands International - Avian Flu
Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation

Related ENB Coverage

Linkages Biodiversity and Wildlife Issues page
ENB Coverage of CMS COP-7
ENB Coverage of CMS COP-6
ENB Coverage of the CBD Working Group on Protected Areas
ENB Coverage of CITES COP-13

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