PROGRAMME OF WORK (2016-2018)

TO SUPPORT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING ON THE CONSERVATION OF MIGRATORY SHARKS 

 

No.

Activities

 

Mandate[1]

Priority

ranking[2]

 

Time frame [3]

 

Responsible entity [4]

 

Funding

Species Conservation

1.       

Establish and convene a Conservation Working Group (CWG) under the Advisory Committee in accordance with the Terms of Reference as defined in CMS/Sharks/Outcome 2.8

 

AC1

high

2016-2018

AC

SEC

CWG

Cooperating Partners

Consultant

Budget + Fundraising

2.      

Convene a CWG workshop

CP 1.1

CP 1.7

high

2017

AC

CWG

SEC

Consultant

Budget + Fundraising

3.      

Provide recommendations to the AC and produce reports on activities to AC meetings

AC1

high

As required

CWG

Budget

4.      

Facilitate communication and support Signatories in the identification of regional and local research projects

  • Consult regularly with Focal Points
  • Based on the outcomes of the Species-specific Action Plans (Activity 1), communicate to focal points relevant activities to be implemented in their region
  • Seek funding opportunities (refer to activity 58)

CP 1.2

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

 

Budget

5.      

When instructed by Signatories to do so, identify or develop suitable conservation projects, partners for implementation and manage Funding Agreements

CP 1.2

CP 1.3

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Fundraising

Bycatch

6.      

Liaise with CMS Bycatch Working Group and participate in CMS bycatch workshops

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

AC

   CWG

SEC

Budget

Fisheries Management and data collection

7.      

Expand and encourage fisheries-independent research (e.g. historic data on commercially exploited species) to provide additional data for use in the fishery stock assessments and to inform relevant RFMOs

CP 2.6

CP 3.2

medium

2016-2018

SIG

 

Fundraising

8.      

Promote research focussing on the identification of species-selective fishing gear and bycatch mitigation measures

CP 4.5

medium

2016-2018

SIG

 

Fundraising

9.      

Fund and support national and international training courses in :

  • data collection
  • shark identification
  • handling and safe release protocols

CP 1.2

high

2016-2018

SIG

 

SEC

Fundraising

10.   

Encourage all Range States to join CMS and become Signatories to the MOU, and to comply with the decisions and recommendations.

CP 16.2

high

2016-2018

SIG

SEC

Cooperating Partners

Budget

11.   

Liaise with CITES, IUCN, TRAFFIC, FAO and other relevant UN bodies to facilitate the implementation of CMS Appendix II and CITES Appendix II listings and raise awareness through regional capacity-building workshops on sustainable harvest and trade, particularly in relation to:

  • NDF
  • Traceability
  • Species identification

CP 7.2

CP 14.3

medium

2016-2018

SEC

Fundraising

12.   

Improve monitoring and implementation in marine protected areas (MPAs), improve enforcement

 

CP 14.5

medium

2016-2018

SIG

Fundraising

Cooperation and Partnerships

13.   

Cooperatewith the CMS Family on matters related to shark conservation

  • Contribute to the implementation of CMS Res. 11.20, Resolutions on bycatch (CMS wide bycatch workshop)
  • Contribute to the preparation of CMS COP12 and other relevant meetings of CMS (ScC, StC)

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Budget

14.   

Contribute to the implementation of the CMS-CITES Joint Work Programme 2015-2020 regarding sharks and rays

  • Activity B17: Optimize the effectiveness of actions taken by Parties to both CMS and CITES concerning sharks and rays, strengthening synergies with FAO, RSCAPs, RFBs and other relevant bodies
  • Activity B18: Cooperate on capacity-building regarding the implementation of regulations of both Conventions related to sharks and rays

CP 14.3

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Budget + Fundraising

15.   

Strengthen synergies and collaborate in conjunction with CITES and FAO to support regional programmes as well as collaboration between Range States

  • Organize regular meetings (and teleconference calls )
  • Share best practice
  • Coordinate conservation activities
  • Share knowledge and expertise

CP 13.1

CP 14.3

SEC ToR

 

core

2016-2018

AC

SEC

 

Budget

16.   

Establish partnerships and strengthen collaboration with relevant international organizations and agreements dealing with shark conservation and management

CP 13.1

CP 14.3

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Budget

17.   

Promote conservation efforts and cooperation between all stakeholders in Range States

 

CP 13.1

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Budget

18.   

IUCN Red List Assessments

  • Liaise with the IUCN Shark SSG to coordinate actions implementing the objectives of the Conservation Plan and the species-specific action plans
  • Participate in assessment workshops to provide recommendations and organize side events

 

 

CP 13.1

high

2016-2018

AC

CWG

SEC

Budget

Management of the Secretariat

19.   

Manage and implement the budget for the MOU

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Budget

20.   

Prepare annual budget implementation reports for the information of the Signatories and project reports to donors

SEC ToR

core

yearly

SEC

Budget

21.   

Undertake Fundraising activities

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Budget

22.   

Maintain and update the Sharks MOU website as needed

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Consultant

Budget

23.   

Publish articles and press releases relevant to shark conservation and management supported by the CMS Joint Communications Team

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Budget

24.   

Produce fact sheets about relevant shark conservation topics and species

  • Bycatch
  • Overfishing
  • Species Action Plans

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Budget

25.   

Use Social Media to increase the visibility of the MOU globally supported by the CMS Joint Communications Team

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Budget

26.   

Prepare publications using studies (e.g. domestic legislation, species priorities)

SEC ToR

core

 

2016-2018

SEC

Budget

27.   

Develop a Sharks MOU communication and awareness-raising Strategy which may include:

 

  • Developing a distinct visual identity for the Sharks MOU;
  • Developing a distinct website for the sharks MOU;
  • Developing a distinct email address;
  • Outreach to relevant bodies and organizations, in consultation with Signatories;
  • Outreach, in consultation with Signatories, to Non-Signatory Range-States and in particular those that display significant catches, trade and consumption of sharks.

 

As appropriate, align communication with the Communication Strategy for Migratory Species (in preparation)

 

SEC ToR

core

 

2016-2018

SEC

Fundraising

28.   

Compile information, review data, liaise with stakeholders and provide information to Signatories on the implementation and functioning of the MOU

 

SEC ToR

core

 

2016-2018

SEC

Budget

29.   

Facilitate and encourage regular information exchange and cooperative activities between

  • the shark research and conservation community
  • stakeholders in all Range States
  • Focal Points
  • Advisory Committee

SEC ToR

core

 

2016-2018

SEC

Budget

30.   

Represent the MOU at meetings of other intergovernmental agreements (e.g. CITES, IUCN, FAO), as appropriate to facilitate the achievement of the objectives of the MOU

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

 

SEC

 

Budget + Fundraising

31.   

Update and maintain the contact database

 

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Budget

32.   

Prepare reports of the Secretariat activities for AC and MOS meetings

 

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Budget

33.   

Recruit and manage the staff and interns of the Secretariat

 

 

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Budget

Support for Meetings (MOS, AC and WG)

34.   

Undertake meeting arrangements for the 3rd Meeting of the Signatories (MOS3), including the identification of a venue, liaison with host government and organization of contracts

 

SEC ToR

core

End 2018

SEC

Budget

35.   

Undertake meeting arrangements for the 2nd Meeting of the Advisory Committee (AC2), including the identification of a venue and organization of contracts

 

SEC ToR

core

Mid 2017

SEC

Budget

36.   

Undertake meeting arrangements for the 3rd Meeting of the Advisory Committee (AC3), including the identification of a venue and organization of contracts

 

SEC ToR

core

Mid 2018

SEC

Budget

37.   

Undertake meeting arrangements for the Working Group Meetings, including the identification of a venue and organization of contracts

 

SEC ToR

core

2016 and 2017

SEC

Budget + Fundraising

38.   

Coordinate, draft and prepare meeting documents, including posting of documents

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Consultant

Budget

39.   

Coordinate and prepare translations into 3 languages (English, French and Spanish)

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Budget

40.   

Support and arrange attendance and travel of sponsored delegates and experts

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Budget + Fundraising

41.   

Organize and prepare media and press work in collaboration with the Joint Communication Team of CMS

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Budget

42.   

Prepare meeting reports and distribute to Signatories

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Budget

Support of the Advisory Committee

43.   

Assist the Chair of the Advisory Committee as required to facilitate the work of the Committee

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Budget

44.   

Assist the Advisory Committee with the preparation of meeting documents

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Budget

45.   

Assist the convenor and chair of the Conservation Working Group, as required to facilitate the work

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Consultants

Budget

46.   

Develop and maintain the list of experts relevant to the Sharks MOU

CP 2.5

core

2016-2018

SEC

Budget

Implementation of the MOU

47.   

Promote and coordinate activities of the Programme of Work and Conservation Plan

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

 

SEC

 

Budget

48.   

Conduct a survey on domestic legislation to address implementation gaps, inform Signatories and monitor the implementation of the Conservation Plan

CP 7.1

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Budget

49.   

Liaise with non-Signatory Range States to provide them with the necessary information to join the MOU and facilitate accession

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Cooperating partners

Budget

50.   

Undertake outreach activities on the following priority regions:

South-East Asia, South America & theCaribbean and West Africa

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

Cooperating partners

Fundraising

51.   

Use other CMS meetings and workshops to promote the accession to the MOU

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SEC

CMS

Budget

Capacity Building

52.   

Identify and review gaps in capacity and training needs of Signatories and compile or develop tailored training materials

CP 1.1

SEC TOR

high

2016-2018

AC

SEC

Cooperating Partners

Fundraising

53.   

Assist Signatories with the implementation of the Conservation Plan.

 

CP 6.2

SEC ToR

high

As requested by Signatories

AC

SEC

Cooperating Partners

Fundraising

54.   

Contribute to joint capacity-building workshops with CMS and cooperating partners in Africa, Asia, Oceania and South & Central America & the Caribbean, as requested by the regions

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SIG

AC

SEC

Cooperating Partners

Fundraising

55.   

Develop a communication and awareness raising strategy for CMS Sharks MOU -listed species

CP 1.6

CP 5.2

CP 6.3

high

2016-2018

SIG

SEC

Cooperating Partners

Budget

56.   

Develop a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the Conservation and Management of Sharks and their habitats

Cooperate with relevant scientific bodies (universities, scientists, international institutions)

CP 12

medium

2017

 

SEC

Cooperating Partners

Fundraising

57.   

Translation of “Sharks of the Arabian Seas”- Identification Guide into other languages of the Indian Ocean Region (e.g. Farsi, Hindi, Urdu) and other identification guides as required

 

CP 12

CP 13

medium

2016-2017

SEC

Fundraising

Fundraising / Mobilization of resources

58.   

Identify existing and new opportunities for financial resources to support the long-termimplementation of the Conservation Plan and the PoW. Expand and enhance fundraising activities:

  • Raise funds and voluntary annual contributions from Signatories
  • Raise funds for joint projects with partners and potential partners
  • Explore possibilities of alternative funds (e.g. private sector)
  • Support funding applications and opportunities for Signatories with letters of endorsement / support

SEC ToR

core

2016-2018

SIG

SEC

Budget



[1]Conservation Plan (CP) and the Terms of Reference of the Advisory Committee and the Secretariat (SEC ToR)

[2]Core Secretariat activities and suggested priorities (High, Medium)

[3] Year(s) during which activity should be implemented

[4]Signatories (SIG), Advisory Committee (AC), Secretariat (SEC), Conservation Working Group (CWS), Consultants, Cooperating Partners