At the annual conference of the AMMPA
on 7 April in Alexandria, Virginia, CMS and AMMPA signed
a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance cooperation on
marine mammal conservation and public education.
The conference was attended by a large and diverse group
of marine mammal managers and keepers representing both
national and international aquariums and parks. CMS North
America Representative Elaine Yu took the opportunity
to inform stakeholders on the role of CMS and address
participants as well on CMS's outreach work in Washington
Alliance members discussed the welfare of the marine
mammals they researched and were decided to promote high
standards of husbandry and education by displaying them
to the public.
CMS supports both in situ and ex-situ conservation and
sustainable use of wildlife. AMMPA helps ex situ conservation
by contributing to marine mammal research and displaying
them for educational purposes.
The MoU partnership between AMMPA and CMS is a part of
the overall goal to conserve dolphins and marine life
by commonly joining forces between the private sector,
the NGO community, and the United Nations. Joint activities
between AMMPA and CMS will be discussed in the near future.
The MoU points out several ways in which AMMPA and CMS
will work together. The CMS Secretariat and the Alliance
will work in partnership towards the achievement of the
2010 target and marine mammal conservation at the international
level, by enhancing their communication and cooperation.
They will also keep each other informed of current issues,
internal plans and documents and other information of
mutual interest to ensure harmonisation of activities
at global and regional levels. Co-ordination of their
activities in research, training and public awareness
activities is another goal. The CMS Secretariat and the
Alliance will communicate agreements on areas and subjects
of common concern within their respective networks. The
Alliance will promote enhanced awareness and understanding
of CMS through its work.
The CMS Secretariat and the Alliance will develop and
support programmes and projects of mutual interest and
identify possible projects for the Alliance or its members
to fund, both independently and through the CMS small
grants programme. The development of concrete project
proposals is the next step that will be taken soon.