Memorandum of Understanding between CITES and the Convention on the
Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)
Directed to the Standing Committee
The Standing Committee shall keep under regular review the Memorandum of Understanding concluded between the Secretariats of CITES and CMS on 18 September 2002, in particular with a view to:
a) seeking reports from the CITES Secretariat on steps taken to implement a more detailed work programme to be developed jointly with CMS in early 2003; and
b) ensuring that CITES initiatives in respect of the following species or taxonomic groups complement, reinforce and, as far as possible, benefit from the regional collaboration already being undertaken or envisaged in the framework of CMS:
i) saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica), snow leopard (Uncia uncia) and west and central African populations of African elephants (Loxodonta africana);
ii) marine turtles of the Atlantic coast of Africa, the Indian Ocean / Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Ocean;
iii) the whale shark (Rhincodon typus) of South and Southeast Asia; as well as the great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias); and
iv) sturgeons (Acipenseriformes).
Directed to the Secretariat
In keeping with the spirit of the Memorandum of Understanding concluded between the Secretariats of CITES and CMS on 18 September 2002, the CITES Secretariat shall extend invitations to CMS and its related Agreements to participate in meetings pertaining to species and issues of common concern.
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