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CMS (also known as the Bonn Convention) is an intergovernmental treaty under the United Nations Environment Program that entered into force in 1983. The COP (Convention of Parties) meets every three years. Its objective is the conservation of terrestrial, avian and marine migratory species throughout their ranges. Migratory species in danger of extinction are listed on Appendix I of the Convention. Appendix II includes species that need or would greatly benefit from international cooperation, and CMS encourages global or regional agreements between the Range States. Known as MoUs – Memo of Understandings, they are non-binding agreements. The First Meeting of Signatories (MoS) to the MoU on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks was held in September 2012. COP 11 opened with a High-Level Ministerial Panel on Uniting the Rights of Nature and the Green Economy: Finding Solutions to Protecting International Wildlife. The Panel, moderated by Philippe Cousteau Jr, focused on reconciling the “apparently conflicting philosophies” of the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and the rights of nature. Philippe, the grandson of Jacques Cousteau and son of Philippe Cousteau, is the founder of EarthEcho.

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