Pursuant to Article VI, paragraph 3, of the Convention,
reports from Parties on their implementation of CMS were
to have been provided to the Secretariat by 18 March 2002.
Resolution 6.5 (Cape Town, 1999) recommended that the format
of national reports should be revised to simplify the submission
of information and that the content should be amended to
encourage provision of information directly related to implementation
of the CMS Strategic Plan. Accordingly, a new format was
developed and circulated at the beginning of February 2002.
Parties were given the option of using the old (existing)
format or to use the new format voluntarily for reporting
to the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties,
with the deadline for submission of the latter extended
until 31 December 2002.