Convention on Migratory Species: Manual Workshop
On 1 and 2 November 2012 the National Focal Points (NFPs) of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) met in Bonn in order to discuss a manual that Ecologic Institute drafted in order to help the NFPs implement the CMS. Furthermore, Ecologic Institute drafted a concept for an e-community platform that was tested by the NFPs at that meeting. The two-day workshop was moderated by Doris Knoblauch.
The focus of the workshop was to engender a conversation between the NFPs on the different parts of the handbook. To this end, participants were involved in in-depth, so-called "world café talks." This method particularly aims at facilitating a vivid dialogue within larger groups. During the two workshop days, the preparation, follow-up, and participation in CMS meetings were intensively discussed, in addition to the implementation of the CMS and the challenges in national reporting.
Fifteen participants represented more than ten countries and could, through sharing their varying treasure troves of experience, assess the practicality of the handbook. Likewise, participants used their computers to test the e-community platform as well.