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COP 12 Media Advisory

Media Advisory for the 12th Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species, held in Manila, the Philippines in October 2017

What: 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CMS COP12) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), administered by UN Environment

When: CMS COP12 from 23 – 28 October 2017 // High Level Ministerial Panel on 22 October

Where: Philippine International Convention Center, Manila, Philippines


This year’s wildlife conference is guided by the theme Their Future is Our Future - Sustainable Development for Wildlife and People. The conference will link between the Sustainable Development Goals agreed by the United Nations and international wildlife. Oceans and marine resources play an essential role in human well-being and social and economic development. However, whales and dolphins, sharks, marine turtles and dugongs face bycatch, pollution, underwater noise, overfishing and hunting for bushmeat. At COP12, governments are expected to agree on actions to reduce harm to marine species. Preserving terrestrial ecosystems and halting biodiversity loss is another major objective. Big cats are to benefit from a new initiative to be launched at COP. New species such as the African Lion, all leopard species and giraffes will be proposed for be listing on the CMS Appendices. The Whale Shark and several species of vultures may be granted the greatest degree of protection. Migratory birds are being illegally killed worldwide. A proposal to convene an intergovernmental task force to address this issue in Asia will be considered by COP12. 

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