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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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MOU, COW, Whale of a Party at CMS COP-8

On Wednesday, 23 November, CMS COP-8 plenary convened briefly in the morning, followed by meetings of the COW for the rest of the day. A special session to conclude the agreement on the Asian Houbara bustard was held in the morning, the budget working group met in the morning and afternoon, and a working group on avian influenza met in the evening. Above: CMS Executive Secretary Robert Hepworth shakes hands with Minister Makhtumkuli Akmuradov of Turkmenistan, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Saiga antelope. Behind them are delegates of Uzbekistan, which will sign the MOU at a ceremony in Berlin, and Mongolia, the Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation, IUCN and WWF International, which also signed the MOU this morning.


Wednesday, 23 November
Plenary

The Plenary convened in the morning for the signing ceremony of the MOU on the Saiga antelope and reports by the Credentials Committee and the Working Groups on Budget, Strategic Plan and Sustainable Use.
Committee of the Whole


Robert Crawford, South Africa, noted lack of progress in the development of an agreement on the Sand Grouse.

Anmol Kumar, India, expressed hope that a legal and institutional framework for the Central Asian Flyway would be finalized within the next two years, noting the range states favored taking advantage of AEWA's existing framework.

Afzaal Mahmood, Pakistan, proposed language encouraging range states to ensure the uninterrupted flow of water to low altitude states to guarantee habitat conducive for migratory species.

Taej Arun Mundkur, Wetlands International, reported on the incorporation of outstanding information on waterbird populations in Russia into the annexes.

Peter Boye, Germany, expressed support for the identification of sturgeons as a species group for collaboration.

CITES proposed text calling on CITES parties to fully implement CITES resolution Conf.12.7 on sturgeons as a matter of urgency.

Barry Baker, Australia, called for a commitment of the Secretariat to work closely with the range states and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to revise the SPREP Whale and Doplhin Action Plan (2003-2007).

Norway noted a formal reservation on listing the Basking Shark, explaining that the listing did not fulfil CMS listing criteria and using the precautionary principle to conform with public opinion would set an unfavorable precedent.

On the cross-cutting issue of by-catch, Argentina cautioned against preconditioning other fora with different mandates.
Asian Houbara Bustard Special Session

The Plenary elected Hany Tatwany, Saudi Arabia, as chair of the special session.

The International Association of Falconry and Birds of Prey urged parties not to delay signature.

Libya noted its intention to submit amendments to the draft action plan.
Side Events

UNEP's Great Apes Survival Project partnership held a side event on GRASP, Great Apes and CMS.

UNEP/DEC held a side event on cross-cutting issues for implementation.

UNEP/Regional Seas and the CMS Secretariat continued their side event on the launch of the Review of Small Cetaceans.
Around COP-8

On the move to 2010... but first, on the move to morning tea!

Zeneemyadar Batbayar, Mongolia, recorded video and took photos simultaneously during the MOU signing.

Delegates from Australia and the UK conferred in the corridor.

In the evening, delegates enjoyed drinks and live music at a party held by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society adjacent to its whale mascot.

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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