Article VI(3) of the Convention requires Parties to inform the Conference of the Parties through the Secretariat, at least six months prior to each ordinary meeting of the Conference, about the measures that they are taking to implement the provisions of the Convention. Consequently, the Conference of the Parties adopted, at its 7th meeting a standard report format. The standard report format has since been updated and improved by the Standing Committee, following lessons learnt from the reporting rounds for the 7th and 8th eetings of the Conference of the Parties.
National reports continue to provide the best means available to assess the status of implementation of the Convention, and a key tool to guide decisions on current and future strategic priorities. The present document provides an overview of the status of implementation of the Convention as emerging from the information provided by the 54 National Reports received by 31 July 2008. All National Reports were submitted using the standard reporting format.
This analysis summarises data provided in section II General Overviews (omitting questions on specific Appendix I species) and sections III, V, VI, IX and X of the National Reports. A more detailed summary of this information is provided in Annex 1 to this report.
This document was prepared by the CMS Secretariat in collaboration with UNEP-WCMC
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