The Secretariat is pleased to inform you of a number of matters regarding the forthcoming 2nd Meeting of Signatories, 15-19 February, 2016
1. Proposals to list new species on the Annex of the MOU:
In accordance with CMS/Sharks/Outcome 1.4 eight proposals to include 22 additional species of sharks and rays in Annex 1 to the MOU, have been received. These are accessible on the website for the 2nd Meeting of the Signatories: http://www.cms.int/sharks/en/mos2
As explained in document CMS/Sharks/MOS2/Doc.8.2.1, Signatories are invited to review the proposals, presented as documents CMS/Sharks/MOS2/Doc.8.2.2 – Doc.8.2.9 and to submit comments to the Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org;) until 60 days before the meeting, that is, by 17 December 2015. The Secretariat will then compile all comments and communicate those to the Signatories.
To assist you in your review, please note the assessments of the proposals prepared by the Advisory Committee for your consideration, presents as document CMS/Sharks/MOS2/Doc.8.2.10.
2. Other proposals to amend the MOU
The Secretariat would also like to draw your attention to the following documents:
I. CMS/Sharks/MOS2/Doc.8.1.1“Proposal for the Amendment of the CMS Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks” (submitted by the European Union)
In reviewing this document, Signatories may wish also to consult document CMS/Sharks/MOS2/Doc.2.2, regarding the Rules of Procedure (submitted by the Intersessional Working Group)
II. CMS/Sharks/MOS2/Doc.8.3.1“Proposal for the Amendment of Annex 3 to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory” Sharks”, submitted by the Advisory Committee, presented as CMS/Sharks/MOS2/Doc.3.1
In the absence of an agreed procedure for dealing with such proposals, the Secretariat proposes applying the procedure for modifying Annex 1 to the MOU as described above. This would mean that the Signatories should provide any comments on the proposals by 17 December 2015. All comments received by that deadline will be compiled by the Secretariat and communicated to the Signatories as soon as possible after receipt.
We strongly encourage participants to register as soon as possible via the pre-registration form on the meeting website (http://www.cms.int/sharks/registration). In particular, delegates requesting financial support from the secretariat are required to register by 31 October.
Last updated on 27 November 2015