The Principality has long been known for its dedication to the causes of a clean ocean and protection of wildlife in the seas, but in this autumn event Monaco takes part in talks on an even broader range of species conservation.
Isabelle Rosabrunetto, Director General of the Department of External Relations and Cooperation, accompanied by Raphaël Simonet, Division Manager at the Directorate of the Environment and Céline Van Klaveren-Impagliazzo, Head of Section at the Department of External Relations and Cooperation, participated in the 12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP12) which was held from 23 to 28 October 2017 in Manila, Philippines.
The CMS COP12 was the largest Wildlife Conference of the Year, with more than 500 delegates from more than 120 countries. It also was the first CMS COP held in Asia.
In addition to scheduled bargaining sessions, the week’s programme included 50 side events and a high-level round table.
The theme of this COP “Their Future is Our Future – Sustainable Development for Wildlife and Humans” reflects the intrinsic link between the world’s wildlife, the environment and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The CMS COP12 represents a unique opportunity to raise public awareness of the critical role of migratory species in human survival. Thus, its objective is to demonstrate that the protection of migratory species belonging to wildlife must be considered as a priority.
This conference was, in particular, focused on the vital services offered by migratory species – as a source of food and medicine, as pollinators, seed dispersers and as pest control resources.
It is also an opportunity to highlight the many individual and collective efforts under way that contribute to international efforts to conserve the world’s wildlife.
For more information visit: http://www.cms.int/en/cop12-en
This conference was highly informative, and also a chance for Monaco to contribute to the increasingly urgent call for improved migratory species conservation.