Acknowledging the importance of migratory
species as a key component of global biodiversity, the CBD
Conference of the Parties (Nairobi, May 2000) requested
the CBD Executive Secretary in its Decision V/21 to develop,
in collaboration with the CMS Executive Secretary, a proposal
on how migratory species could be integrated into the work
programme of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Significant discussions were held during
the last meeting of SBSTTA (the scientific body of the CBD)
in Montreal from 12 to16 March, which is recommending to
the forthcoming CBD COP 7 (The Hague, April 2002) that:
1) CMS be recognized as the lead partner
in the conservation and sustainable use of migratory species
over their entire range while recognizing that CMS provides
an international framework through which Range States can
cooperate on migratory issues;
(2) CBD Parties report through their national reports on
the extent to which they address migratory species at the
national level, and on their cooperation with other Range
(3) An assessment be made of the financial resources needed
to support capacity building and specific projects aimed
at incorporating the conservation and sustainable use of
migratory species and their habitats.
The SBSTTA also requested the CBD Executive Secretary in
close collaboration with the CMS Secretariat develop for
the consideration of the CBD / COP a joint programme of
work for the Conventions which would be implemented at all
levels. This joint work programme addresses areas of common
interest, namely, protected areas, indicators, monitoring
and assessments, sustainable use, public education and awareness.
It will also include priority areas for action and time-frames;
identify key actors and the ways and means to implement
it; and address financial considerations. The CBD/CMS joint
work programme will be further discussed at the CBD COP
scheduled for 8-26 April 2002.
The SBSTTA also invited the CBD Executive Secretary to generate
in collaboration with the CMS Secretariat and relevant organizations,
guidance for the integration of migratory species into the
national biodiversity strategies and action plans and ongoing
and future programmes of work under the CBD.
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