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International Wildlife Conference Rome/Italy: 1-5 December 2008
24/ 11/ 2008

International Wildlife Conference Rome/Italy: 1-5 December 2008The 9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS) will be held in Rome, 1-5 December 2008. 300 representatives from governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as scientists will come together to discuss urgent conservation responses to address the rapid decline of migratory animal species across the globe. "2010 and Beyond: Wildlife Renaissance" is the theme of CMS COP9. CMS, also called the Bonn Convention, is an international treaty concluded under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) dedicated to the conservation of migratory animals such as birds, whales and dolphins, sharks, marine turtles and elephants. CMS has committed itself to reducing the loss of biodiversity, of migratory animals and their habitats beyond 2010.
The 15th Meeting of the CMS Scientific Council will be held 27-28 November. The Scientific Council provides advice on scientific issues and priorities for research and conservation. It also considers the listing of new species on the Convention's two Appendices.
At this year's meeting International Single Species Action Plans for the Lesser Flamingo, the White-winged Flufftail, the Madagascar Pond Heron, the Chinese Crested Tern and the Black-faced Spoonbill have been tabled. Another focus will be on migratory marine species and CMS's work on terrestrial mammals.

Highlights of CMS COP 9 will include:

1st Meeting of the Parties to the CMS Agreement on the Conservation of Gorillas and their Habitats: Negotiation of action plans to protect gorilla populations in their African range states (29 November)
Launch of the Year of the Gorilla by Prince Albert II of Monaco (1 December)
Presentation of the UNEP/CMS Thesis Award sponsored by National Geographic
Deutschland and Lufthansa to Dr Samantha Petersen for her thesis "Understanding and
Mitigating Vulnerable Bycatch in Southern African Trawl and Longline Fisheries"
Listing of additional animal species on the two Appendices of the Convention

Appendix I
Mammals: Black Sea population of the Bottlenose Dolphin, Irrawaddy Dolphin and Atlantic Humpback Dolphin, West African Manatee, Cheetah, Barbary Sheep
Bird species: Egyptian Vulture, Saker Falcon
Appendix II
Mammals: NorthWest African population of the Harbour Porpoise, Risso's Dolphin, Clymene Dolphin, African Wild Dog, Saiga Antelope
Fish: Mako Shark, Porbeagle Shark, Spiny Dogfish

Adoption of Resolutions to address threats to migratory species: the impact of climate change on migratory species, the impact of noise pollution on whales and dolphins, by-catch and the response to highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1
Signature of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of the Andean Flamingo and its habitats and Memorandum of Cooperation with Chico Mendes Institute (Ministry for the Environment, Brazil)
International Meeting on Migratory Sharks to conclude agreement on sharks (6-8 December)
The conference will be held at FAO Headquarters in Rome and is being organised by the CMS Secretariat and the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea.
UNEP/CMS is an international environmental Convention dedicated to the protection of avian, aquatic and terrestrial animals, which migrate across political borders. Countries which have become Parties to the Agreement commit themselves to implementing measures to conserve migratory animals and the habitats on which they depend. Currently 110 Parties in Europe, Africa, America, Asia and Oceania have joined the Convention.

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Further Resources
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)
Avian Influenza, Wildlife and the Environment Website
The Year of the Gorilla
Registration Form
9th Meeting of the Conference of Parties 1-5 December 2008, Rome, Italy
UNEP Convention on Migratory Species
UNEP Great Apes Survival Partnership website (GRASP)
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
UNEP Biodiversity website