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Manila Declaration on migratory species conservation vis-à-vis sustainable development adopted

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The Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS-COP), in its 12th session held in the Philippines, adopted on Saturday a resolution recognizing the role of migratory wildlife in achieving global sustainable development goals (SDGs).The Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS-COP), in its 12th session held in the Philippines, adopted on Saturday a resolution recognizing the role of migratory wildlife in achieving global sustainable development goals (SDGs). In behalf of Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, DENR Undersecretary Ernesto Adobo, Jr. said the adoption of the resolution, also known as the “Manila Declaration,” marked an important milestone in international efforts to protect migratory species and habitats critical to their survival. “This serves an important milestone in our common struggle to safeguard migratory species and their habitats as we seek to pursue sustainable development,” Adobo said. The Manila Declaration acknowledges the significant contribution of migratory wildlife to sustainable development, especially in the areas of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, tourism, energy, transport and trade. 

PH goes full blast on campaign to include 2 shark species in CMS appendices

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The Philippines has gone all out with its campaign to give further protection to two shark species – whale shark and white-spotted wedgefish – at an international conference current ly being held in the country.The Philippines has gone all out with its campaign to give further protection to two shark species – whale shark and white-spotted wedgefish – at an international conference current ly being held in the country. In a forum, Environment Undersecretary Jonas Leones presented the country’s proposal for the uplisting and listing of the whale shark and white-spotted wedgefish, respectively, in the appendices of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, or simply CMS. The forum, entitled “Leading Shark Conservation: Shark Species Proposals for CMS,” was part of the 12th Session of Conference of Parties to the CMS held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City from October 23 to 28. Over 1,000 delegates from over 120 nations are attending the meeting, dubbed as world's largest wildlife conference in 2017. The Philippines has been vigorously pushing for the uplisting of the whale shark (Rhincodon typus), locally known as butanding, to Appendix I of the CMS. 

PH named among world’s ‘migratory species champions’

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The Philippines has been named as one of the five “migratory species champions” in the world for its exemplary contribution in the global effort to protect migratory animals, particularly the whale shark or butanding.The Philippines has been named as one of the five “migratory species champions” in the world for its exemplary contribution in the global effort to protect migratory animals, particularly the whale shark or butanding.

Also recognized by the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) were the city of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, the European Commission, Germany and Monaco.

The awarding ceremony, dubbed “Champions’ Night,” was held last Sunday, the eve of the six-day 12th Session of the Conference of Parties to CMS (COP12) happening in Manila from October 23 to 28.

Environment Undersecretary Rodolfo Garcia accepted on behalf of the country the award, which recognizes the Philippines for its efforts to conserve the whale shark (Rhincodon typus). 

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