Highlights for Friday, 5 December 2008
The proposal to list the saker falcon on Appendix I was withdrawn, but a resolution was adopted that sets out the direction for future work on this species, and states that unless there is improvement in its conservation status, the species will be listed on Appendix I at COP 10. The listing of the cheetah on Appendix I was accepted, with the understanding that the listing does not apply to populations in the three countries with a CITES quota for the species.
The longfin and shortfin mako sharks, as well as the porbeagle shark, were listed on Appendix II. Delegates decided to list only the northern hemisphere population of the spiny dogfish on Appendix II. For all four species, some countries had their concerns noted in the meeting’s report; Denmark, on behalf of the Faroe Islands, placed a formal reservation regarding the listing of the porbeagle shark.
Delegates adopted a core budget for the next triennium representing a 3.3% increase, which also provides for two new Secretariat posts. The resolution encourages states to provide extra voluntary funding. The meeting also decided that the Scientific Council will hold three meetings in the next triennium.
Some other resolutions that had proven contentious during the week, including on marine species, by-catch, ocean noise, climate change and the intersessional process on the future shape of CMS, were all adopted without major amendments.
COP 9 Chair Fernando Spina (Italy) closed the meeting at 5:45 pm.
Michel Perret (France)
Glen Ewers (Australia)
Oliver Biber (Switzerland)
Paulo Domingos Paixão (European Commission)
Gina Cuza Jones (Costa Rica)
Luis Alberto Amarilla (Paraguay)
Mohammad Saud A. Sulayem (Saudi Arabia - left) and Togi Tipa (Samoa)
Veronica Frank (IFAW - left) and Mark Simmonds (WDCS)
Trevor Salmon (UK - left) and James Williams (UK)
Yessenia Moncada Ponce (Honduras - left) and Kaoussou Diombera (Guinea-Bissau)
Sue Lieberman (WWF International)
Sergio Goldfeder (Argentina - middle), and Christiane Paulus (left) and Elsa Nickel (Germany)
From right to left: Douglas Hykle (IOSEA Coordinator/Senior CMS Advisor), Laurent Stéfanini (France), and Robert Hepworth (CMS Executive Secretary) signing the IOSEA marine turtles MOU.
From left to right: Robert Hepworth (CMS Executive Secretary), Sonia Gherson da Silveira (Mozambique), and Douglas Hykle (IOSEA Coordinator/Senior CMS Advisor) after signing the IOSEA marine turtles MOU.
Ouahida Boucekkine (Algeria)
John Mshelbwala (Nigeria)
Nancy Céspedes (Chile)
Felice Cappelluti (Italian Ministry for Environment, Land & Sea)
CMS COP 9 President Fernando Spina (Italy - middle) and friends
CMS Secretariat Staff
The ENB Team
From left to right: Nienke Beintema (the Netherlands), Reem Hajjar (Canada), Anders Gonçalves da Silva (Brazil/Australia), Nancy Williams (US), and Elsa Tsioumani (Greece).