MEAs training and consultative workshop to prepare CMS negotiators to COP11
The objective of the workshop was manifold, including the preparation of the pacific region for effective participation in COP 11, improved negotiation involvement and strengthened regional viewpoints. The workshop was also the occasion to introduce training tools (esp. the CMS Family Manual), improve the visibility of the region during the COP11 and increasing the membership of Pacific countries to the CMS & other instruments (Sharks, Pacific Cetaceans MoUs).
In terms of results, the activity enhanced regional capacity for CMS implementation activities and promoted regional implementation and support mechanisms in the Pacific. The establishment of informal working groups on improving implementation and ecological networks across the region (examples of sharks and rays, and turtles and seabirds) was also a milestone.