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About the Conference

The Twelfth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP12) is being held in Manila, the Philippines, from 23 to 28 October 2017 – the first time that the COP will ever have been held in Asia. The COP will be preceded by a High Level Panel (22 October) which... Read more >>

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About the Venue

The Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) made history as Asia's first international convention center, setting a trend that led other countries to build their own. Designed by Leandro V. Locsin, a Filipino National Artist in Architecture, the PICC Complex formally opened on September 5, 1976 to host the World Bank's...Read more >>

About CMS

The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is an intergovernmental treaty under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) that provides the global platform for the conservation and sustainable use of migratory animals and their habitats... Read more >>


A High Level Panel will take place in the afternoon of 22 October and will involve dignitaries and Ministers from around the world, several leaders including the Executives of International Organizations and celebrity goodwill ambassadors. More information about the High Level Panel can be found on the CMS website. The contact point in the Secretariat is Ms. Laura Cerasi, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Parties, country observers and relevant organizations are encouraged to contribute actively to the success of the meeting by showcasing their work or any related issue of interest in the form of a side event. Initiatives and projects to be presented should be relevant to the objectives of the Convention and specifically to the items of the COP agenda.

We kindly request those that are interested in this opportunity to inform the Secretariat by filling out the application form which can be downloaded from the dedicated website Side Events | CMS Please return this to the Secretariat by Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 1 August 2017.

Those who are interested in displaying an exhibition are kindly requested to inform the Secretariat as soon as possible to enable the necessary arrangements. The person to contact at the Secretariat is Mr. Tilman Schneider, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Activities to be exhibited and posters should be relevant to the objectives of the Convention on Migratory Species and related Agreements. Selection of exhibitors will take into account geographical balance.

The exhibition can be set up between 21 and 23 October 2017. The final deadline for dismantling is the evening of 28 October 2017.

Mabini, Batangas (Sea Spring, near Anilao)

Activities: Island hopping and snorkelling

Taal Volcano Protected Landscape

Activities: Trekking, Bird watching, Sight seeing and Cultural tour

Balanga Wetland and Nature Park & Mt. Samat

Activities: Bird watching and sight seeing

Manila City Tour

Activities: Historical and Cultural walk and Bird watching

Corregidor Island

Activities: Historical tram tour and lights and sounds

Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat (LPPCHEA)

Activities: Bird watching


Delegates from the following countries travelling with an ordinary passport need a visa to enter
the Philippines.


Applying for a Philippine visa will require that the applicant's passport be valid for six months
beyond the applicant’s date of departure from the Philippines. The passport must have one blank visa page.

Nationals from countries not listed above who are traveling to the Philippines for business and tourism purposes are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination and their passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay.

Beginning 01 January 2017, Philippine immigration authorities will not allow entry into Philippine airports and seaports of foreign nationals holding non-machine readable passports.

For further inquiries and up to date information, please click on the following link;

However, on the special occasion of COP12, the Philippines will provide visas on arrival for participants from countries in the list above. Participants from these countries are requested to present an invitation letter to the authorities in Manila in advance of their arrival. The Secretariat will issue such letters upon request.

Local Philippine staff will have a desk at the airport to assist with visas on arrival.

Hotel rooms for delegates:

The delegates will make their own reservation by guaranteeing their reservation with their own credit card and paying directly to the hotel. Kindly refer to the cancellation conditions.

CMS COP12 Recommended Hotels

Click HERE for the list of recommended hotels for the CMS COP12. When booking a hotel room, use the email address provided for each of the hotel and indicate that you are a participant of CMS COP12 to take advantage of the discounted rates.


Click HERE for the required and recommended vaccinations

Travel and Medical Insurance

All participants traveling is recommended to have valid travel and medical insurance covering the period of stay in the Philippines.

The CMS Secretariat disclaims all responsibility for medical, accident and travel insurance, for compensation for death or disability, for loss of or damage to personal property and for any other loss that may be incurred during travel time or the period of participation. In this context, it is strongly recommended that participants secure prior to departure an international insurance for the period of participation.

Click HERE to download meeting documents




The Philippines

The Philippines (Filipino: Pilipinas) is an archipelago in South-East Asia of more than seven thousand islands located in the western Pacific Ocean at the very eastern edge of Asia. One of the 17 megadiverse countries in the world, the Philippine islands which is isolated hundreds of miles by tropical seas from the Asian landmass, harbors diverse and unique terrestrial species with about fifty percent endemism. Likewise, its extensive maritime waters located at the apex of the Coral Triangle, supports rich marine life and known as the center of marine shorefish diversity. Situated at the equator and in the middle of migration pathways, the Philippines is an important foraging and breeding habitats of whales and dolphins, marine turtles, sharks, kites and rays, migratory shorebirds and forest birds.

The country's rich biodiversity is one of the main tourist attractions with its beaches along the world’s longest coastlines, mountains, rainforests, islands and diving spots among the most popular tourist destinations.

Since Spanish colonial times, the country has been Asia's largest Catholic country. Over a hundred ethnic groups, a mixture of foreign influences and a fusion of culture and arts have enhanced the uniqueness of the Filipino identity and the wonder that is the Philippines.

As of 2015, the Philippines has a population estimated at 100 million and growing rapidly. From its long history of Western influence, 377 years by the Spaniards and 49 years by the Americans, its people have evolved as a unique blend of East and West in both appearance and culture.

The climate is tropical, with March to May (summer) being the hottest months. The rainy season starts in June and extends through October with strong typhoons possible. The coolest months are from November to February, with mid-January to end of February considered the best for cooler and dryer weather.

Ninoy Aquino International Airport is the gateway to Manila and it is the largest airport in the Philippines. Manila Airport (MNL) is composed of 4 active terminals. They are all referenced as NAIA.

Terminal 1: NAIA Terminal – All International flights except Philippine Airlines, PAL Express, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia Zest, Tigerair Philippines, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, KLM, Emirates, and Singapore Airlines.

Terminal 2: Centennial Terminal - All Philippine Airlines flights only, and it is divided into two wings: North wing for International Flights, South wing for Domestic Flights.

Terminal 3: NAIA International Terminal - International flights not served at Terminal 1. Is the newest and biggest terminal.

Domestic Terminal: All domestic flights other than Philippine Airline

Arriving participants may approach the CMS COP12 information desk for assistance stationed at terminals 1, 2, and 3.

Alternatively, participants may take a taxi. Taxi service is available to NAIA from all points of Metro Manila. Take only official, metered or pre-booked taxis. Do not accept rides from people that approach you in the terminal. Taxis charge around 200 Pesos (4 USD) to central Manila hotels. It will take about 20 minutes to one hour for the trip, depending on traffic. Many of the major hotels run cars which you can book in advance, the cost is around 750-1000 Pesos (15 - 20 USD).

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