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Media Advisory for the 12th Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species, held in Manila, the Philippines in October 2017
What: 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CMS COP12) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), administered by UN Environment
When: CMS COP12 from 23 – 28 October 2017 // High Level Ministerial Panel on 22 October
Where: Philippine International Convention Center, Manila, Philippines
CMS COP12 will be the largest wildlife summit this year, with over 500 delegates from more than 120 countries expected to attend. The event will mark the first time that a CMS COP will be held in Asia.
The theme of the Conference: ‘Their Future is Our Future - Sustainable Development for Wildlife and People’ reflects the intrinsic link between the world’s wildlife and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
CMS COP is a triennial summit that brings together States through which migratory animals pass and lays the legal foundation for internationally coordinated conservation measures.
At COP12, a number of issues and proposals will be tabled, including the listing of species as well as fresh initiatives, resolutions, action plans and guidelines for aquatic species, birds, and terrestrial species. See list of topics on press page.
- A High Level Panel Discussion will precede COP12 on 22 October at which Environment Ministers, executives of international organizations and Goodwill Ambassadors will discuss the links between sustainable development and the conservation of wildlife with special focus on migratory species and the SDGs. The discussion will result in the Manila Declaration, which will be presented to the Conference for consideration.
- Also, on the 22 October, several governments will be recognized as Migratory Species Champions for their long-term support to initiatives that benefit the conservation of migratory species during a specially convened Champion Night.
- There will also be over 50 side events during the week of the COP as well as celebrity events such as the launch of the Report ‘Cetaceans of the Red Sea’ with UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Yann Arthus-Bertrand on 23 October.
Search #CMSCOP12 to follow the discussions on social media.
Check out the regularly updated COP 12 social media package and digital assets
Listing of Species in the Appendices of the Convention
- Proposals to include further species under CMS Appendices, including the African Lion, AfricanWild Ass, Chinkara(antelope species), the Przewalski Horse and South American bats, as well as all subspecies of the Leopard and Giraffe. Ten species of vulture (African, Asian and Lappet faced) and the Steppe Eagle will be considered for listing on Appendix I and the Yellow Bunting for inclusion on Appendix II. The endangered Whale Shark will be considered for inclusion in Appendix I.
- For the first time, aquatic wild meat will be on the agenda.
- CMS guidelines on assessing impacts of marine noise activities will also be presented for adoption.
- Draft resolutions on bycatch and marine debris, including ghost gear, aim to mitigate threats to aquatic species.
- Draft best practice guidelines on live captures of cetaceans, on boat-based wildlife watching, and a draft resolution and decisions on swimming with aquatic mammals, will deal with the commercial use of the species.
- A new intergovernmental task force will be proposed to address the illegal killing of migratory birds in Asia.
- CMS COP12 will also tackle cross-cutting issues concerning ecological networks, climate change and renewable energy.
- A Vulture Multi-Species Action Planto better protect 15 species of Old World Vulture in more than 120 countries will be presented for adoption.
- An Action Plan for the Americas’ Flyways to coordinate conservation work in the Americas will be tabled;
- Single-species Action Plans for the European Turtle Dove, Far Eastern Curlew, Baer’s Pochard and European Roller have been tabled.
- A new initiative for cooperation between CMS and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to conserve African carnivoreswill be proposed. This will benefit the African Lion, the Cheetah and Leopard as well as the African Wild Dog.
- The African Elephant Action Plan, an initiative developed under the aegis of CITES, will be presented for adoption.
- A Conservation Roadmap for the critically endangered African Wild Ass with fewer than 70 animals remaining in the wild is under review, and will be presented at COP12.
- An Atlas of migration routes and linear infrastructure barriers in Central Asia will be launched. (Atlas of Range-wide Mapping and Priority Setting of CAMI Species and Linear Infrastructure Threats across Central Asia)
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