The establishment of a Scientific Council to provide advice on scientific matters to other CMS bodies and CMS Parties is foreseen in Article VIII of the Convention. The Scientific Council was established by the1st meeting of the Conference of the Parties (Bonn, 1985) through Resolution 1.4. The Council notably makes recommendations to the Conference of the Parties on such issues as research on migratory species, specific conservation and management measures, the inclusion of migratory species in the Appendices and designation of species for Concerted or Cooperative Actions under the Convention. It also gives advice on projects' eligibility for funding under the Small Grants Programme of CMS.
Each Party is entitled to appoint a qualified expert as a member of the Scientific Council (Party-appointed Councillors). Parties may also nominate an alternate Scientific Councillor, entitled to participate in meetings of the Council when the regular Councillor cannot attend. In addition to the members appointed by the individual Parties, the Conference of the Parties can appoint to the Council other experts to cover fields of particular interest to the Convention (COP-appointed Councillors).
The Future Shape process undertaken during the triennium 2009-2011 identified the restructuring of the Scientific Council as one of the sixteen target activities for CMS, as outlined in Resolution 10.9 on Future Structure and Strategies for CMS and the CMS Family, and Resolution 10.1 on Financial and Administrative Matters.
The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (Quito, 2014), through Resolution 11.4 on the restructuring of the Scientific Council, agreed on a number of institutional and organizational changes for the Council. In particular, while reaffirming that the Scientific Council will continue to be composed of members appointed by individual Parties and members appointed by the Conference of the Parties, decided that, for each intersessional period between two consecutive meetings of the Conference of the Parties, a representative selection of the membership of the Scientific Council, to be named the Sessional Committee of the Scientific Council, should be identified, composed of:
(a) nine COP-appointed Councillors with expertise in taxonomic and thematic issues; and
(b) fifteen Party-appointed Councillors selected from within the Standing Committee’s geographic regions, as follows: three from Africa; three from Asia; three from Europe; three from Oceania; three from South and Central America and the Caribbean.
The members of the Sessional Committee are to be appointed by the Conference of the Parties at each of its ordinary meetings. As a transitional measure aimed at implementing this organizational change in the intersessional period between COP11 and COP12, COP11 requested the Standing Committee to select and appoint the members of the Sessional Committee of the Scientific Council for the triennium 2015-2017 at its 44th meeting (Bonn, October 2015). The full list of members of the Scientific Council and of members of the Sessional Committee can be found here.
The Sessional Committee is primarily responsible for the implementation of the mandate assigned to the Scientific Council by the Conference of the Parties for the intersessional period. All outputs of the Sessional Committee are considered outputs of the Scientific Council.
Reports and other documentation of all meetings are available below.
|Title||Start date||Status||Country||CMS Instrument|
|1st Scientific Council Meeting||11.10.1988||Concluded||Switzerland||CMS|
|2nd Scientific Council Meeting||14.03.1991||Concluded||Germany||CMS|
|3rd Scientific Council Meeting||09.09.1991||Concluded||Switzerland||CMS|
|4th Scientific Council Meeting||17.05.1993||Concluded||Germany||CMS|
|5th Scientific Council Meeting||04.06.1994||Concluded||Kenya||CMS|
|6th Scientific Council Meeting||01.11.1995||Concluded||Germany||CMS|
|7th Scientific Council Meeting||10.04.1997||Concluded||Switzerland||CMS|
|8th Scientific Council Meeting||03.06.1998||Concluded||Netherlands||CMS|
|9th Scientific Council Meeting||04.11.1999||Concluded||South Africa||CMS|
|10th Scientific Council Meeting||02.05.2001||Concluded||United Kingdom||CMS|
|11th Scientific Council Meeting||14.09.2002||Concluded||Germany||CMS|
|12th Scientific Council Meeting||31.03.2004||Concluded||United Kingdom||CMS|
|13th Scientific Council Meeting||16.11.2005||Concluded||Kenya||CMS|
|14th Scientific Council Meeting||14.03.2007||Concluded||Germany||CMS|
|15th Scientific Council Meeting||27.11.2008||Concluded||Italy||CMS|
|CMS Scientific Council Activity Planning Meeting||13.06.2009||Concluded||Germany||CMS|
|16th Scientific Council Meeting||28.06.2010||Concluded||Germany||CMS|
|17th Scientific Council Meeting||17.11.2011||Concluded||Norway||CMS|
|Scientific Council Strategic & Planning Meeting||08.10.2013||Concluded||Italy||CMS|
|18th Scientific Council Meeting||01.07.2014||Concluded||Germany||CMS|
|First Meeting of the Sessional Committee of the CMS Scientific Council (ScC-SC1)||18.04.2016||Concluded||Germany||CMS|
|Second Meeting of the Sessional Committee of the CMS Scientific Council (ScC-SC2)||10.07.2017||Concluded||Germany||CMS|
|Third Meeting of the Sessional Committee of the CMS Scientific Council (ScC-SC3)||29.05.2018||Concluded||Germany||CMS|