CIR Faculty Members and Alumnus join Convention on Migratory Species
by Ron D. Pascubillo
For the first time in Asia the 12th Conference of the Parties (COP12) was hosted by the Philippine government through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources on 23 – 28 October 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Metro Manila. The Conference of the Parties (COP), the decision-making body of the Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), is a tri-annual event that reviews the implementation of the convention and decides the priorities of the future work.
The CMS is an intergovernmental treaty, concluded under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme. The convention is a framework agreement that brings together the Range States of migratory animals and lays the legal foundation for the internationally coordinated conservation measures. The Philippines played host to the COP12 to showcase the biodiversity of the region and the successful efforts of migratory species conservation. The Philippines also plays a key role as a stopover, and wintering grounds for a myriad of Eurasian migratory species in the Europe-Asia-Australia Migratory Route. The CMSCOP12 in Manila was 2017’s largest gathering on wildlife conservation and the largest COP in the history of the Convention.
Two faculty members from the College of International Relations and an alumnus of CIR formed part of the staff for the week-long convention. Ms. Maria Almeda, Spanish language instructor from CIR and part of the team of the Philippine Eagle Conservation of the DENR, and Mr. Renarjo G. Bautista, BSFS 2016, both served as Spanish-speaking staff while Mr. Ron D. Pascubillo, French language instructor from CIR and BSFS 2003, served as French-speaking staff.
They assisted the two UN Report Writers during high-level events and panel discussions to gather from the delegates information they had not written in their interventions. They also accompanied and assisted Spanish-speaking delegates during the Nature Tours in select biodiversity hotspots in and around Manila organized by the DENR. French, Spanish, and English are the working languages of the CMSCOP. The participation of CIR faculty members and alumni in such high level events is a testament to LPU’s commitment to excellence.