The MoU was begun in an effort to bring coherence
to ongoing cetacean conservation activities across
the range. CMS’s key partner has been SPREP,
an international environmental organization created
by the governments and administrators of the Pacific
Islands Region. SPREP developed a Whale and Dolphin
Action Plan, which was adopted in 2003 and revised in 2007. This plan was appended to the
MoU and formed the basis for on-the-ground conservation
efforts throughout the region.
In 2009, at the Second Meeting of the Signatories, an Amending Protocol was adopted which replaced the Action Plan 2003-2007 in Annex 2 to the MoU with the Whale and Dolphin Action Plan 2009-2012, which is based on the Pacific Regional Environment Programme’s Whale and Dolphin Action Plan 2008-2012. The SPREP Plan was amended during the Second Meeting of the Signatories. The adopted Action Plan applies as the MoU’s Action Plan under paragraphs 4, 5, 6 and 15 of the MoU.
At the Third Meeting of the Signatories (New Caledonia, September 2012), an Amending Protocol was adopted which replaced the 2008-2012 Action Plan with the 2013-2017 SPREP Whale and Dolphin Action Plan as the Action Plan for the MoU (Annex 2 to the MoU). This Action Plan had earlier been endorsed at the 23rd SPREP Annual Meeting.
The text of the Action Plan can be found