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Highlights for Thursday, 4 December 2008

Sunny Ruins
On Thursday, plenary reconvened to discuss, among other things, proposals for species listings in CMS Appendices I and II. Most species listings were approved; Algeria will submit a revised proposal for the cheetah, and discussions on the saker falcon and on sharks were deferred to smaller groups. These will report back to plenary on Friday.

Delegates witnessed signing ceremonies for: a new Andean flamingo MOU, by Bolivia, Chile and Peru; a Memorandum of Cooperation between CMS and the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation, Brazil; the MOU for the manatee and small cetaceans of Western Africa and Macaronesia (WATCH), by WDCS and WWF; and the African-Eurasian birds of prey MOU, by BirdLife International and South Africa.

The Committee of the Whole discussed priorities for CMS agreements, information management and CMS operational instruments.

Working groups met throughout the day and evening to address: the future shape of CMS; resources; sharks; flyway conservation; and ocean noise and migratory marine species.

In the resources working group, delegates agreed to a core budget representing a 3.3% increase.
 
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Uganda
Germany
Kenya
Øystein Størkersen (Norway)
Ana Kobaslic (Croatia)
Moustafa Fouda (Egypt)
Consultants
Consultants
Consultants
Consultants
Rosaline Beudels-Jamar (CMS Scientific Council - left) and Pierre Devillers (European Commission)
Lahcen El Kabiri (CMS Deputy Executive Secretary- left) and Alfred Oteng-Yeboah (Ghana)
Consultants
Consultants
Wendy Elliott (WWF International - left) and Ines Verleyne (Belgium)
Martin Lok (the Netherlands - left) and Robert Hepworth (CMS Executive Secretary)
First row
From left to right: Robert Hepworth (CMS Executive Secretary), João Marini Filho (Brazil), Saulo Ceolin (Brazil), and Francisco Rilla (CMS Secretariat) at the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation between CMS and the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation, Brazil.

Committee of the Whole
CMS
CMS
Patrick van Klaveren (Monaco)
Andrew McNee (Australia)
CMS
CMS
Franco Alvarez (Australia - left) and Elvana Ramaj (Albania)
Belgian and Latin American Delegates
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