Highlights for Thursday, 4 December 2008
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.
Øystein Størkersen (Norway)
Ana Kobaslic (Croatia)
Moustafa Fouda (Egypt)
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)
Wendy Elliott (WWF International - left) and Ines Verleyne (Belgium)
Martin Lok (the Netherlands - left) and Robert Hepworth (CMS Executive Secretary)
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
Patrick van Klaveren (Monaco)
Andrew McNee (Australia)
Franco Alvarez (Australia - left) and Elvana Ramaj (Albania)
Belgian and Latin American Delegates