Highlights and images for 20 February 2020



Highlights for Thursday, 20 February 2020

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Chair Akankwasah Barirega (Uganda) opened the Committee of the Whole (CoW) with reports from Chairs of Working Groups: the Budget and Terrestrial Species Working Groups reported that they are on track to finish their work by the end of the day. The Chair of the Avian Working Group said that a contact group will meet in the evening to discuss outstanding issues, including illegal killing.The CoW Chair also noted that nominations for COP-appointed councillors had been received in each subject area, and requested that Australia chair an open contact group to review them and make selection recommendations.The CoW then proceeded to consider and adopt listing proposals in CMS Appendices, including:

  • Jaguar, proposed for inclusion in Appendix I and II, due to severe threats to its migratory corridors and habitats;
  • Urial sheep, proposed for inclusion in Appendix II, with annotation that the listing concerns only populations within the Central Asian Mammals Initiative (CAMI) range;
  • Great Indian bustard, proposed for inclusion in Appendix I, including the development of a concerted action, due to the highly endangered status of the species;
  • Bengal florican, proposed for inclusion in Appendix II;
  • Little bustard, proposed for inclusion in Appendix I and II, due to severe declines;
  • Antipodean albatross, proposed for inclusion in Appendix I, due to its endangered status and its importance for the Ngāi Tahu, a Māori indigenous tribe in New Zealand; and
  • Oceanic white-tip shark, proposed for inclusion in Appendix I, due to its critically endangered status and it being targeted for its fins and meat.
  • There were also two proposals with different geographical scope to list the smooth hammerhead shark; one by Brazil for the regional population occurring in the exclusive economic zone of Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, and adjacent international waters, and one by the EU for all populations worldwide. In their introductory statements, Brazil referred to the species' unfavourable conservation status and it being targeted by artisanal and industrial fisheries, while the EU emphasized that the species was highly migratory. While many parties supported a global listing, Australia opposed the listing for its population, deploring that it had not been duly consulted before the proposal was made, and explaining that the population in the vast Australian waters does not meet the migratory criterion. After Australia's proposal to exempt its population from the scope had received both support and opposition by parties, the matter was put to a vote: With 9 in favor, 47 opposed, and 5 abstentions, Australia's proposal was rejected. In the subsequent vote, the EU's global listing proposal was approved with 58 in favor, 1 opposed, and 3 abstentions. In both votes, the EU voted with 28 votes including the UK, while several votes by other parties could not be counted due to unconfirmed credentials. The proposal was forwarded to the COP for adoption.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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    The Conference of the Whole continues on the fourth day of the COP
    Malta Qwathekana, South Africa
    Barry Baker, Australia
    Carmen Yineth Medina Gonzalez, Panama
    Noyal Thommas, India
    Alokparna Sengupta, Humane Society International
    Jan Brojac, Czech Republic, consulting with Richard Thompson, United Kingdom
    Ian Redmond, CMS Ambassador
    Gajadeera Prasad, Sri Lanka
    Igor Barbosa, Brazil
    Timothy John, Nigeria
    Mark Ryan, International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC)
    A vote on a proposal taking place during the CoW
    Abdullah Hakami speaking with delegates from UAE
    Ngwane Brilliant Dlamini, Eswatini
    Arif Shamkhi Jaber Alsalim, Iraq
    Amy Fraenkel, CMS Executive Secretary, consulting with CoW Chair Akankwasah Barirega, and members of the CMS Secretariat
    Fernando Spina, Italy
    Brett Sommermeyer, Sea Shepherd Legal
    Alex Macdonald, New Zealand
    Signing Ceremony of Sharks MoU
    Amy Fraenkel, CMS Executive Secretary, signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Paolo Cavalcanti, Divers For Sharks
    Amy Fraenkel, CMS Executive Secretary, signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sarah Fowler, Save Our Seas Foundation
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    Negotiating blocs
    European Union