Bonn, 6th May 2009 - The Ambassador of
the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Ms. Blancanieve Portocarrero
Mr. Carlos Querales, First Secretary of the Venezuelan Embassy,
paid a visit to the CMS Secretariat on 28 April to discuss
details of accession of the South American country to the
Deputy Executive Secretary Lahcen El Kabiri explained the
main objectives and the functioning of the Convention and
summarized results of the last Meeting of the Conference
of the Parties in December 2008. In addition, he explained
CMS’s cooperation with CBD.
The Ambassador stated that Venezuela was aware of the importance
conserving its natural heritage and that the country was
already Party to all other major biodiversity-related conventions.
Venezuela saw the advantages of joining CMS, which has a
much more specific approach to single species and can therefore
be an effective tool for their conservation. The Ambassador
acknowledged the benefits and proposed to organize a meeting
with experts from the Ministry of Environment in order to
clarify outstanding points or constraints. She also requested
more detailed information about the mechanisms for accession
and membership requirements.
The CMS Secretariat has recently increased its efforts
to promote the accession of Venezuela to CMS.