Conservation Management Plans: outcomes of the mid-term review and improving communication between SC-CMP and SWG-CMP
Suzi Heaton and Adam Clark
The mid-term review of the CMP Work Plan resulted in some changes to the CMP development and implementation process, which were endorsed by the Commission at IWC67. This paper provides a summary of the key outcomes of the review, and outlines the main changes to the CMP process. Of particular importance to the SC-CMP are the changes made to the nomination process, including that proponents are no longer required to submit a nomination before developing a CMP if the Scientific and Conservation Committees have identified the relevant species/population as a priority CMP candidate. The CMP funding guidelines were also updated to improve financial transparency and accountability, and to increase the onus for participating range states to explore and exhaust (to the extent appropriate in the circumstances) external funding avenues before approaching the Commission for financial support.
To support the new nomination process, this paper recommends a procedure for ensuring that all relevant Commission bodies maintain a common and up-to-date understanding of which cetacean species/populations are priority candidates for CMPs. This paper also proposes a process for improving communication between the SC-CMP and SWG-CMP on CMP funding.