Highlights and images for 18 February 2020



Highlights for Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Photo by Amirhossein Khaleghi Hamidi/PWHF

The Committee of the Whole (CoW) met throughout the day. On budget, the Secretariat reported to the CoW that despite the widespread acknowledgement that migratory species are at a critical crossroads, funding is sorely lacking, with arrears totally nearly €1 million and only 14% of the Programme of Work (PoW) funded. She lamented that this has detracted from the Secretariat’s work and prevented key staffing positions from being filled, leading to a “downward spiral”. Drawing attention to the fact that the Secretariat only received 14% of the budget required to implement the 2018-2020 Programme of Work, and was facing unprecedented levels of arrears, she urged parties pay their arrears and to make their annual contributions early if possible. She noted that:

  • Scenario 1, which involves no increase to the 2018-2020 budget, would require cuts to certain CMS activities and services;
  • Scenario 2 accounts for inflation in the budget and for staff development to strengthen Secretariat capacity;
  • Scenario 3, a 12.71% increase, would allow for critical staffing increases; and
  • Scenario 4, a 2.82% further increase, would enable the analysis of national reports, and production of a “State of the World's Migratory Species Report.”
  • UK, Switzerland, Seychelles, and Bangladesh called for urgent action to stop the loss of migratory wildlife and their habitats, and for parties to be ambitious not only with regard to targets and work plans, but when discussing and deciding the budget. UK, supported by Switzerland, Israel, Australia and New Zealand supported the Secretariat's proposal, noting that there are few options available to ensure payment of dues, and that adequate and predictable funding is required for CMS to function properly. Brazil acknowledged the lack of funding and resulting “deficit of implementation,” but, supported by Argentina, Peru, and Costa Rica, objected to the addition of a clause that would restrict the activities of members in arrears for three years or more, noting that this would affect 20% of members and compromise conservation of migratory species. The CoW also discussed, among other topics:

  • Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds
  • Migratory Landbirds in the African Eurasian Region
  • Prevention of Bird Poisoning
  • Important Marine Mammals Areas
  • Marine Noise; and
  • Bycatch.
  • In the evening, working groups established by the CoW met, including the Budget Committee and Avian, Terrestrial and Aquatic Working Groups. At a side event hosted by Toyota and the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, dignitaries discussed supporting implementation of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and the SDGs, and the role business can play in supporting conservation and the transition to a more sustainable world. For more details on the day’s negotiations and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin.

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    Amy Fraenkel, CMS Executive Secretary
    A view of the dais
    Edgar Buhanga, Uganda
    Richard Thompson, United Kingdom
    Igor Barbosa, Brazil
    Simon Nemtzov, Israel
    Local media team at work
    CoW Chair Akankwasah Barirega, Uganda
    Reinhard Schnidrig, Switzerland
    Ariuntuya Dorjisuren, Mongolia
    CMS Secretariat consulting with Amy Fraenkel, CMS Executive Secretary and CoW Chair Akankwasah Barirega
    Narelle Montgomery, Australia
    Nicola Crockford, Birdlife International
    Delegates in an informal discussion during the afternoon plenary
    Jelena Uros, EU
    Sarat Gidda, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
    Humbulani Mafumo, South Africa
    The Road Ahead: Toyota and the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™
    (L-R) Jane Smart, IUCN; Takao Aiba, Toyota Motor Corporation; Soumitra Dasgupta, India; Vivek Saxena, IUCN; and Amy Fraenkel, CMS Executive Secretary
    Amy Fraenkel, CMS Executive Secretary
    Jane Smart, IUCN
    Soumitra Dasgupta, India
    A view of the room during the side event
    Vivek Saxena, IUCN
    Takao Aiba, Toyota Motor Corporation


    Negotiating blocs
    European Union