CMS Participates in WCS/IUCN Cross River Gorilla Strategic Planning Workshop
28 February 2012: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Agreements Officer, Melanie Virtue, participated in the Cross River Gorilla strategic planning workshop, which was organized by The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and held under the auspices of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Primate Specialist Group.
The workshop, which took place from 22-24 February 2012, in Limbe, Cameroon, brought together government officials from Nigeria and Cameroon, and representatives from WCS, other international and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as the US Fish and Wildlife Services, and GIZ. Participants reviewed progress on the conservation of the Cross River Gorilla, and developed the elements for a new five-year action plan to protect the approximately 250 remaining specimens of this sub-species found only in the border region between Cameroon and Nigeria. Once finalized, the plan will become the official Action Plan of the CMS Gorilla Agreement, as agreed at its second Meeting of the Parties, held in November 2011.