The Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11) will be held in Quito, Ecuador, from 4 to 9 November 2014. The COP will be preceded by a High Level Ministerial Panel and regional coordination meetings on 3 November, and held along with meetings of the CMS Standing Committee on 2 and 9 November.
Delegates to the COP will take important decisions, including among others on the following issues:
- Proposed listings on the CMS Appendices of 32 migratory species under threat, including the Polar Bear, the African Lion and more than 20 shark species;
- Species Action Plans for the conservation of Argali Sheep, Pacific Loggerhead Turtles and the Saker Falcon;
- Strategic Plan for Migratory Species 2015-2023 to provide vision, leadership and a driving force toward the full and effective implementation of commitments related to migratory species;
- Programme of work on climate change and migratory species;
- Guidelines to prevent the risk of poisoning of migratory birds;
- The prevention of illegal killing, taking and trade of migratory birds;
- Management of marine debris;
- Advancing ecological networks to address the needs of migratory species;
- Review of the deployment of renewable energy technology and its impacts on migratory species and guidelines on how to avoid or mitigate those impacts;
- A new initiative on Central Asia including a programme of work for the conservation of large mammal migrations in this region;
- A series of important institutional issues including on concerted and cooperative action, an implementation/review mechanism for the Convention, and options for a new structure and modus operandi of the Scientific Council.