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CMS Eighth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties
to the Convention on Migratory Species
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UNEP Headquarters Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya | 20-25 November 2005
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MOU on West African Elephants Signed at CMS COP-8

On Tuesday, 22 November, delegates to the eighth Conference of the Parties (COP-8) to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) met in plenary in the morning to address the strategic plan and budget, and in the afternoon for the signing ceremony of the West African Elephant Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The Committee of the Whole (COW) met in the morning to consider party reports and the CMS information management plan (IMP), and in the afternoon to address measures for the conservation of Appendix I and II species, and recommendations and resolutions submitted by parties. Working groups on sustainable use, the new strategic plan and the budget met in the afternoon. Above: Wearing a delightful elephant print shirt, Holly Dublin, IUCN, signed the West African Elephant MOU, while other signers looked on.


Tuesday, 22 November
Plenary


Sustainable Use Working Group Chair Ian McLean, UK, reported on the outcomes of the Working Group.

Strategic Plan Working Group Chair Olivier Biber, Switzerland, introduced the resolution on the new 2006-2011 strategic plan, emphasizing the role of parties, MOUs and Agreements in the plan's implementation.

CMS Executive Secretary Robert Hepworth introduced an overview of the outcome of the 2003-2005 budget, noting that due to the US dollar devaluation, reserves were used to deliver programmes agreed to at COP-7.

In the afternoon plenary, the MOU on a strategy for the conservation of West African elephants was signed by Robert Hepworth for CMS, 12 Range States (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte D'Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Togo), and Holly Dublin for IUCN.
Committee of the Whole

Michael Donoghue, New Zealand, suggested language including the International Whaling Commission (IWC) among the organizations working on by-catch.

Nigeria called for intersessional regional meetings to finalize party reports.

Tapan Kumar Dey, Bangladesh, called for integrating updated species information into the CMS Information Management System.

On Appendix II species, Marie-Christine Van Klaveren, ACCOBAMS, noted that when a party is covered by two agreements, the CMS Secretariat should act as an intermediary.

Sadegh Sadeghi Zadegan, International Crane Foundation, presented the Siberian Crane Wetland project.

Antonio Manila, the Philippines, called for a MOU on migratory sharks.

Ndeye Sene Thiam, Senegal, stressed time constraints in organizing the Year of the Sea Turtle in 2006.

Luis Alberto Amarilla, Paraguay, proposed a recommendation on the conservation of grassland birds in South America.

Rosario Acero Villanes, Peru, proposed a recommendation on the conservation of Andean flamingos.
Working Group on Budget

The working group on budget, chaired by Véronique Herrenschmidt, France, met in the afternoon. Delegates agreed to the Chair's proposal of considering a new budget proposal, taking into account scenarios of no increase in the total expenditure incurred and maintenance of the outputs generated during 2003-2005, and adding a new column reflecting savings measures. The working group will resume on Wednesday.
Side Events

UNEP's Division of Environmental Conventions presented a lunchtime side event on Issue-Based Modules for the Coherent Implementation of Biodiversity-Related Conventions.
UNEP/Regional Seas and the CMS Secretariat presented a side event launching the Review of Small Cetaceans, as part of their joint work to conserve marine mammals.
Around COP-8

Left: Delegates review documents in the corridors.

Right: Delegations signal their desire to participate in the Working Group on Budget.


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

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