Following the adoption of the Strategic Plan for Migratory Species 2015-2023, CMS COP11 acknowledged the need for additional inter-sessional work to strengthen the suite of materials to support implementation of the Strategic Plan, including:
a) indicators for the Strategic Plan for Migratory Species, drawing as far as possible from existing work, such as that under the global Biodiversity Indicators Partnership; and
b) a Companion Volume on Implementation for the Strategic Plan, based on available tools, to provide guidance on implementation of the Plan.
In this perspective, COP11 also decided to extend the mandate of the Strategic Plan Working Group to include the tasks of elaborating the indicators and Companion Volume during the triennium 2015-2017, and requested the Working Group to submit progress reports to the Standing Committee for approval of their progressive implementation.
The third meeting of the Strategic Plan Working Group will take place in Bonn from 12-13 of October 2015. It being the first meeting of the group since the adoption of the Strategic Plan, it is expected to discuss and agree plans towards the elaboration of the indicators for the SPMS and the Companion Volume on implementation, on the basis of a review of the work being undertaken by relevant specialist international fora on indicators, as well as a compilation of programmes of work, action plans and other tools adopted under the Convention and CMS Family instruments, along with their own indicators, compiled by the Secretariat. Considering that the SPWG is expected to submit progress reports to the Standing Committee, the meeting is convened back-to-back with the 44th meeting of the CMS Standing Committee’s on 14-15 October.