Roy Cimatu, Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, the Philippines, and Bradnee Chambers, CMS Executive Secretary © IISD
Manila, 22 October 2017 - Governmental representatives from more than 30 Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) today concluded proposals that will pave the way for greater recognition of the role of wildlife in achieving global sustainable development goals.
The Manila Declaration on Sustainable Development and Migratory Species will be considered for adoption to the Twelfth CMS Conference of the Parties (COP12), which opens in the Philippines tomorrow. The draft Resolution underscores the importance of wildlife to national and global economic activities, including those related to agriculture, forestry, fisheries, energy, tourism, transport, mining, medicine and trade.
At today’s CMS High Level Panel, 37 members including Government Ministers, Senior Officials, Executives of International Organizations and representatives of global NGOs, private sector and UN Environment Environment Global Goodwill Ambassador Yann Arthus-Bertrand met for three hours to debate the draft resolution. It highlights the links between sustainable development and the conservation of wildlife with a special focus on migratory species and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Included in the Declaration is a call for countries to develop national laws to implement their obligations under the Convention in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. It also invites the private sector to participate in discussions and align its policies and practices with the objectives of the Convention.
If adopted, the Declaration will be transmitted to the United Nations General Assembly, the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and the Third Meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly.
Tarsicio Granizo Tamayo, Minister for Environment Ecuador: “It is not sufficient to have just a national view of conservation - we need a regional and international approach too, depending on the species concerned; nor is it effective to consider conservation policies in isolation. We must take account of socio-economic aspects, and to this end the linkages between CBD, CMS, CITES and UNFCCC should be the driver for greater synergies.”
Estonia holding the EU Presidency, Marku Lamp, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of the Environment, Estonia “In the scope of CMS work a strong emphasize is put on achieving the good status of our oceans by addressing vital questions for the protection of migratory species, like the issue of marine debris, which will definitely help to give a considerable contribution for the achievement of SDG 14 targets.”
Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety Ms. Schwarzelühr-Sutter: “CMS can make an essential contribution to the protection of the marine and terrestrial ecosystems and therefore to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 14 und 15 of the 2030-Agenda for Sustainable Development. Loss and degradation of habitat are the main threats to 85 per cent of all species described on the IUCN Red List. Species protection therefore almost always requires protecting habitat and ecosystems. This Conference of the Parties can make a big step forward towards this objective, for example by listing the African lion, leopard and giraffe, or by taking decisions on the African Carnivore Initiative and Transfrontier Conservation Areas.”
Emeritus Zakri Abdul Hamid,Advisor to Prime Minister of Malaysia quote:“Sustainability is not an absolute law but a necessity that is the product of human civilization. The SDGs are all about human well-being and migratory species are a key to achieving that, for instance as pollinators. While we should welcome the idea of development, our enthusiasm for it should be tempered by the realization that environmental concerns must be taken into account.”
Barbara Thomson, Deputy Minister Ministry of Environmental Affairs, South Africa:“Sustainability is not an absolute law but a necessity that is the product of human civilization. The SDGs are all about human well-being and migratory species are a key to achieving that, for instance as pollinators. While we should welcome the idea of development, our enthusiasm for it should be tempered by the realization that environmental concerns must be taken into account.”
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Last updated on 24 October 2017