Berlin, 21 June 2002 The Executive Secretary of
CMS was invited to an extraordinary meeting convened in
Berlin on 21 June 2002 by the Ambassadors of the countries
of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in
Germany. The Executive Secretary gave a briefing on the
aims, instruments and main achievements of the Convention
with focus on Africa as a priority area for CMS.
With a view to the forthcoming 7th Conference of the Parties
(COP) to CMS and 2nd Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the
African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) in September
in Bonn, Germany, he invited the ambassadors to forward
the invitation of the Parties to both CMS and AEWA as well
as the German Government -- host of the meetings -- to participate
and contribute as Parties.
The Ambassadors noted with satisfaction the linkage between
the SADC and CMS objectives and recognized the relative
importance of concerted efforts in conservation measures.
Aware of serious threats to certain wild life species and
linkages to poverty trap, they welcomed close collaboration
between the SADC and CMS Secretariats; they endorsed the
intervention of SADC Secretariat which is aimed at facilitating
and co-ordinating the recruitment of non- Parties and invited
the Secretariat to visit the region to disseminate information
on conservation efforts in countries with geographic affinities.