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Migratory Wildlife Network Digest

Date 28th September 2012
Issue Digest 017: Sharks agreement, Pacific Cetaceans agreement and 'Where the Wild Things Were'
  In this Digest we bring you news of the new CMS Plan for Global Shark Conservation and results of the 3rd Pacific Cetaceans MoU and the USA's signature to the agreement. We also profile again Stanley Johnson's new book 'Where the Wild Things Were' and remind you of the comments process for the IPBES intersessional process.

We remind you that the deadline for submission of all documents for 16th CITES CoP is mere days away - 4th October 2012

Meetings to note for October include:
    14th Meeting of JCEDAR (Joint Committee on Environment and Development in the Arab Region), Cairo, Egypt (30th September - 3rd October 2012)
    48th CAMRE Executive Bureau (Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment), Cairo, Egypt (4th October 2012)
    CBD CoP11, Hyderabad, India (8th - 19th October 2012)
    AEWA single species action planning workshop for the conservation of the shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Entebbe, Uganda (9th - 12th October 2012 )
    13th Pan-African Ornithological Congress (PAOC 13): “Birds in a Changing Environment”, Arusha, Tanzania (14th - 21st October 2012)
    Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) Meetings, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (22nd - 27th October 2012)
    ASCOBANS: 7th Meeting of Parties, Brighton, UK (22nd - 24th October 2012 )
Links to each of these meetings is within the calendar of the Members Area on

Countries Agree on a New CMS Plan for Global Shark Conservation

28th September 2012

Great white shark. Photographer: Hermanus BackpackersGovernment representatives from 50 countries have concluded their first meeting of signatories to the UN Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (CMS Sharks agreement) in Bonn, Germany. The agreement is the first global instrument dedicated to migratory sharks and complements a suite of existing wildlife and fisheries agreements.

Sharks are under serious threat around the globe. Through this agreement, CMS will now work with CITES and FAO as well as with key Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) to promote the conservation and sustainable use of sharks.

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The United States signs the Pacific Cetaceans MoU

27th September 2012

Government of the USA signing the Pacific Cetaceans MoU. Photographer: CMSThe United States added their signature to the CMS Memorandum of Understanding for the Conservation of Cetaceans and their Habitats in the Pacific Islands Region (Pacific Cetaceans MoU) expressing strong commitment to conserve these species and undertake joint efforts to address key threats such as entanglement and strategy response as well as emerging diseases in marine mammals.

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3rd Pacific Cetaceans MoU adopts a new five-year Whale and Dolphin Action Plan

16th September 2012

Spinner Dolphin. Photographer: Juney WardSignatories to the Memorandum of Understanding for the Conservation of Cetaceans and their Habitats in the Pacific Islands Region (Pacific Cetaceans MoU) held their third meeting on 8 September 2012, in Noumea, New Caledonia, addressing the threats facing whales and dolphins in the Pacific Islands Region.

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Where the Wild Things Were launched

17th August 2012

Where the Wild Things WereStanley Johnson, conservationist and CMS Ambassador has published his new book entitled: Where the Wild Things Were: Travels of a Conservationist.

In this volume of collected travel and environmental writings, Stanley takes us on incredible journeys across the globe to a face-to-face encounter with fascinating but endangered migratory animals covered under CMS.

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Comments on the IPBES on the intersessional process now online

29th August 2012

Manta ray. Photographer: AGSFTWThe Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has announced that comments have been received on the intersessional process. The process aims to facilitate operationalization of the IPBES, support preparation for its first plenary meeting, and support development of its first work programme.

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