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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 Tuesday, 9 February 2010

On Tuesday morning, parties completed the initial read through of the draft Conservation and Management Plan for Migratory Sharks, discussed new preambular text, and began negotiating the removal of brackets in the text. Recognizing the limited time for negotiations on the draft CMP, Chair Hogan suggested that a revised draft CMP may need to be considered on the margins of the MoU negotiations and noted that many delegations may be hesitant to sign the MoU before the CMP is in place. Chair Hogan reiterated that the CMP remains non-binding and that overly prescriptive language will be revised. Delegates discussed articles on encouraging states to develop plans of action and on mechanisms of enhancement of cooperation and promotion of information exchange. On the preamble, delegates highlighted the need for consistency in the language used in the draft CMP text and in the draft MoU. Delegates also considered revised text on capacity building and shark finning.

In the afternoon, Executive Secretary Mrema invited delegates to consider aspects of the MoU that address the CMP in order to ensure harmonization between the two documents. The EC offered to lead a redraft of the section in the MoU on the CMP and an informal consultation took place with the view to providing plenary with a proposal on the modalities for reintegrating Annex III into the MoU. The EU presented a redraft of the text. Chair Hogan called on delegates with concerns to consult informally to reach consensus.

 
   
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The CMS Secretariat presented a video on sharks during a session break.
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Mundita Lim, the Philippines
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Rebecca Regnery, Humane Society International
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Cheri McCarty, US
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L-R: Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary of CMS, in a discussion with Marco Barbieri, CMS, and Jeanybeth Mina, CMS.
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Oliver Schall, Germany, conferring with Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary of CMS.
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Martin Hall, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, speaking with Nicole Ricci, US.

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Paulo Paixão, European Commission
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Ana Kobaslic, Croatia
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Aboubacar Oulare, Guinea
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Sally Comber, UK
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Nigel Routh, Australia
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Roy Bikram Jit, Bangladesh
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Delegates from the UK consulting over text with delegates from Australia and New Zealand.
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Chair Hogan discussing text with Argentina and Cameroon.
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Charlotte Gobin, France, confers with delegates from Togo, Guinea, Senegal and Democraic Republic of the Congo.
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Juan José Areces Maqueda, Spain, (right) looking over text on the CMP with delegates from Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba and Ecuador.
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Painting depicting Philippine architecture during the Spanish era.
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