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Third Meeting on International Cooperation on Migratory Sharks (SHARKS III) Under the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)

08-12 February 2010 | Manila, Philippines
 
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CMSHighlights for Friday, 12 February 2010

On Friday morning, delegates discussed the draft conservation plan for migratory sharks. Delegates agreed that they would not be able to conclude on the conservation plan at this meeting. Chair Hogan offered to coordinate the interim drafting process and highlighted the benefit of active engagement of all delegations. Some states expressed concern about how the Conservation Plan would be agreed upon, in case they did not become Signatories to the MoU. Chair Hogan highlighted that comments from Signatories and non-Signatories would be considered in the drafting process.

The UK noted the need to discuss the number of range-state signatories required before the MoU commences. Delegates agreed that the MoU will commence on the first day of the month following the month on which there are at least 10 range state signatories

On Friday afternoon, delegates re-examined the MoU, paragraph-by-paragraph, to ensure that all viewpoints were adequately represented. Some delegates expressed concern with the prescriptive use of "shall" in various section of the document.

At 6:35pm, the Memorandum of Understanding on Migratory Sharks was opened for signature. The Philippines, Senegal, Togo, US, Republic of Congo, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia and Palau signed and the MoU will commence on the first day of March 2010.

Chair Lim closed the meeting at 6:47pm.

 
   
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Delegates drafting the MoU.
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Frédéric Busson, France
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Julia Angelita Cordero Guillen, Ecuador
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Martijn F. F. Peijs, the Netherlands
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L-R: Nermalie M. Lita, the Philippines, discussing the MoU text with Carmen Grech, Malta.
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L-R: Martin Hall, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, in a conversation with Gina Cuza Jones, Costa Rica.
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L-R: David Hogan, US; Chair Mundita Lim, the Philippines; Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary of CMS; and Marco Barbieri, CMS
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Mohamed Ahmed, Egypt
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Carlo C. Custodio, the Philippines
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Antonio Fernández-Aguirre, European Commission

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Ukkrit Satapoomin, Thailand
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Véronique Herrenschmidt, CITES
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Delegates from Africa reviewing text of the MoU.
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Delegates from the EU looking over the text of the MoU.
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Delegates from the UK: Jolyon Thomson, Luke Warwick, Sally Comber, and Tom Blasdale.
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Delegates from the US: John Carlson, Nicole Ricci, Cheri McCarty, Shannon Dionne and David Hogan.
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Delegates from the CMS Secretariat and the Philippine Sharks III Secretariat.
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Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary of CMS, thanked the delegates for a successful conclusion of the meeting and for the excellent hospitality of the Philippines as host to the meeting.
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Chair Mundita Lim thanked the participants and the people behind the scenes for their contribution to the success of the meeting.
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Oliver Schall, Germany, reported on the status of the meeting credentials.
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Elizabeth Mrema looking over David Hogan as he signed the MoU.
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The MoU was signed by the Philippines, Senegal, Togo, US, Republic of Congo, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Kenya and Palau signed and will commence on the first day of March 2010.
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Chair Mundita Lim handing over the signed MoU to Elizabeth Mrema.
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Chair Mundita Lim being congratulated by Elizabeth Mrema at the close of the CMS Sharks III. Chair Lim closed the meeting at 6:47 pm.
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ENB CMS SHARKS III TEAM:
 
   
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ENB Sharks III team with Matthew Sommerville, Claudio Chiarolla, Wanja Nyingi and Franz Dejon.
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IISD RS coverage of CMS COP 8, 20-25 November 2005, Nairobi, Kenya

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