African Workshop Addresses Integration of CMS, CITES Objectives into NBSAPs

UNEP7 December 2012: A regional workshop for Africa focused on integrating the objectives of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) into national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs).

The workshop took place from 26-28 November 2012, in Harare, Zimbabwe, and was organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Africa (ROA), with support from Germany, Japan and Switzerland. The workshop gathered representatives of African focal points as well as of UNEP, CMS and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

According to the CMS Secretariat, participants prioritized key areas of synergy among biodiversity-related multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), in integrating countries' international obligations into revised NBSAPs. They also developed common best-practice guidelines with tangible targets to improve policy, legal and administrative coordination of biodiversity-related MEAs in the process of revising NBSAPs at the national level.

Francisco Rilla, CMS, presented the new concept for the CMS Strategic Plan for Migratory Species for the period 2015-2023, highlighting the need to integrate migratory species into revisions of NBSAPs, as also noted in a CMS guidance. [CMS Press Release]