CMS Scientific Council Charts the Course for COP13
The Fourth Meeting of the Sessional Committee of the Scientific Council (ScC-SC4) takes place from 12 to 15 November 2019 at the UNEP/CMS Secretariat premises in Bonn.
Members of the Sessional Committee, other members of the CMS Scientific Council, representatives of CMS Parties, CMS Agreements and CMS partner organizations and institutions will attend.
Being the last meeting of the Scientific Council before the 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CMS (COP13), it aims to provide advice on scientific and technical matters to the COP.
CMS Acting Executive Secretary Amy Fraenkel said: “The Scientific Council advises on research priorities and conservation measures to be taken to benefit CMS species.” The importance of research and knowledge of migration for effective conservation is paramount for COP13.
The Sessional Committee helps to coordinate such research and considers the listing of species on the Convention’s two Appendices.
Delegates will review the new proposals to list additional species on the CMS Appendices. The host of CMS COP13, India, has submitted three proposals concerning the Asian Elephant, the Bengal Florican and the Great Indian Bustard, which have been proposed inclusion on Appendix I affording them strict protection and which will also be subject of Concerted Action.
If adopted at COP13, a total of 10 species may benefit from greater protection. Members of the Sessional Committee will review eight reports on Concerted Action and consider 12 proposals to improve the conservation status of migratory animals under threat.
Reports on the range of threats and trends will be evaluated to adjust the necessary scope of current and future conservation action.
In addition to the regional members of the ScC-SC4, COP-appointed Councillors provide expertise in issues such as bycatch, marine turtles, neo-tropical fauna, African fauna, Asiatic fauna, bird species, marine mammals, fish species and climate change.