IES presents study to the Convention on Migratory Species

Sebastian Oberthür and Ernesto Roessing presented their study on the ‘Implications of actions to enhance synergies: An independent analysis and report’ to the Standing Committee of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in Bonn on 15 October 2015.

The study had been commissioned by the Bonn-based CMS Secretariat in particular to investigate the pros and cons of establishing common services among the different secretariats that serve the CMS family of legal instruments, as requested by the 11th Conference of the Parties to the CMS in 2014. In addition to the CMS itself, the CMS family comprises a total of seven other international treaties and 19 Memoranda of Understanding, which aim to enhance protection of particular species, within a particular regional context. Following the presentation, the CMS Standing Committee agreed on a decision that welcomed the IES study and noted that it contains ‘important information’. More concretely, the CMS Standing Committee decided ‘to take a stepwise approach with the Bonn-based instruments’, as recommended in the study. While the study is completed, efforts to realize and bring to fruition the actions to enhance synergies identified will need perseverance and patience.