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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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CMS COP-8: On the Move to a Euro Budget

On Thursday, 24 November, delegates to the eighth Conference of the Parties (COP-8) to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) met in plenary in the morning and afternoon, to address fundraising, secretariat manpower, the 2010 target, and institutional issues. The plenary also adopted amendments to the Convention Appendices and several resolutions and recommendations. The Committee of the Whole (COW) convened in the morning and afternoon, endorsed resolutions on the information management system and national reports, and considered crosscutting issues, development of future agreements and outstanding resolutions and recommendations. A drafting group on avian influenza met in the afternoon, and the working group on the budget met throughout the day and into the night, finalizing a move from the US Dollar to the Euro for budgeting. Above: delegates from Argentina and Chile conferred during the morning session.

ENB SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS: The Earth Negotiations Bulletin summary and analysis of CMS COP-8 will be available on Monday, 28 November 2005 online at http://www.iisd.ca/cms/cop8/.


Thursday, 24 November
Plenary

Liberia signed the African Marine Turtles Memorandum of Understanding.

Eritrea signed the IOSEA Marine Turtles Memorandum of Understanding.

Belgium signed the Aquatic Warbler Memorandum of Understanding.

A panoramic view of the conference hall.
COW


Rolph Payet, Seychelles, chaired the Committee of the Whole.

Avian Influenza Working Group Co-Chair Reinhold Schnidrig, Switzerland, reported on amendments to the draft resolution on avian influenza.

Oliver Schall, Germany, said a draft resolution on adverse human-induced impacts on cetaceans was amended to refer to the UNEP Regional Seas Programme rather than to the Barcelona Convention.

Julien Colomer, Australia, reported on minor amendments to the draft resolution on migratory sharks.

On future agreements, the Philippines proposed including reference to existing recommendations, notably to the Whale shark, but the Chair noted the consolidated resolution on future agreements already addressed the species.

Oystein Storkerson, Norway, noted the deletion from the last draft of an annex containing a list of measures on adverse human-induced impacts on cetaceans.
Working Groups

The Working Group on Avian Influenza removed reference to specific examples of large-scale monitoring and surveillance programs from the revised draft resolution, and added reference to an annex listing key research needs.

The Working Group on Budget met throughout the day and into the evening, agreeing to a total budget presented and paid in Euros, and finalizing the wording of the resolution on the financial and administrative matters of the CMS Trust Fund.
Side Events

WWF International presented a lunchtime side event on the Eastern African Marine Ecoregion, which includes marine and coastal areas of key importance to migratory species.

A lunchtime side event on lessons from the Countdown 2010 Initiative featured speakers from IUCN, UNEP, the CMS Secretariat and the European Union.
Nairobi Nightlife

Drummers...

Dancers...

...and Delegates!

Cultural ambassadors from the Miss Tourism/Miss Earth Kenya welcomed delegates to the reception, wearing attire with elements from traditional Turkana, Meru and Maasai tribal fashions, as well as cloaks from modern Kenyan national styles. These young ladies also visit Kenyan schools to present environmental education to students.

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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