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CMS COP9 Adopts Resolution on the Impacts of Climate Change on Migratory Species

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5 December 2008: The ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP9) to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), held from 1-5 December 2008, in Rome, Italy, adopted a resolution on the impacts of climate change on migratory species.

In

the resolution, the COP urges parties: not to delay decision making and action,

despite the remaining uncertainty surrounding the full scale of the impacts of

climate change on migratory species; to identify which migratory species are

most likely to be directly or indirectly threatened or impacted by climate

change, or climate change mitigation or adaptation activities; to foster and

promote capacity building to implement conservation action on migratory species

threatened by climate change; and to support increased capacity in the

Secretariat to effectively address climate change issues.

The COP also recommended

that parties design and implement adaptation strategies for migratory species,

and requested parties and the Secretariat to coordinate the incorporation of

climate change impacts and relevant adaptation measures into species-specific

action plans. [IISD RS Coverage of the Meeting] [CMS Press Release] [CMS COP9

Website]