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Enhancing synergies among MEAs: the CMS Family Online Reporting System (ORS) - development, experiences and the potential for other MEAs

The Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS Secretariat) and the Secretariat of the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (UNEP/AEWA Secretariat) in collaboration the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)

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11 October 2012 13:15 - 14:45

Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11)

The UNEP/CMS and the UNEP/AEWA Secretariats would like to share their experience and progress related to the ORS which was developed by UNEP-WCMC in collaboration and under the guidance of the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat. The ORS has proved to be crucial in streamlining the national reporting process, making it more efficient for the Contracting Parties and also providing the basis for easier analysis of datasets. The ORS could accommodate additional reporting processes under other CMS instruments and MEAs which would make a large part of the biodiversity-related information become available internationally under the same system as well as provide for an easier harmonization of national reporting. Presentations will explain the development of the system, its functionalities and outputs. Speakers will also touch upon potentials of the system still to be explored and implemented including the possibility to complement it with a web-based analytical tool to enable searching, extraction and analysis of information.