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Multilateral Environmental Agreements event


Last year, 2008, saw a cluster of the decision-making conferences or meetings of several of the major biodiversity conventions to which the UK is Party. These Conferences or Meetings of the Parties (CoPs or MoPs) included, amongst others, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CoP9, Bonn), African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (MoP4, Antananarivo), the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (CoP10, Changwon) and the Convention on Migratory Species (CoP9, Rome).


It is often difficult for non-specialists to keep track of the various decisions and resolutions that have been adopted at these bodies. Accordingly, JNCC plans to hold a one day event in London on 20 May 2009, to feedback to UK stakeholders the outcome from these international meetings. However, rather than reporting on a Convention by Convention basis, the meeting will address key themes across Conventions – looking, for example, at what key issues arose with respect to invasive alien species across all the agreements. Moreover, through a series of parallel workshops, the event will also provide a forward look for the key themes – to determine what our future evidence and research needs might be to inform UK approaches to policy development and implementation. The meeting will be by invitation only but any individuals or organisations wishing to attend can contact Vin Fleming.


Vin Fleming

Head of International Unit

Tel: +44 (0) 1733 866870