CMS COP 12 Logo Launch
Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Theresa Mundita Lim explained the meaning behind the symbols and colors depicted in the CMS COP 12 logo during the launch of the logo for the 12th COP meeting of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP 12), held at the Philippine Senate on Tuesday (February 28).
The unveiling of the logo was lead by climate change committee chair Senator Loren Legarda, environment and natural resources committee chair Senator Cynthia Villar, and CMS Secretariat Deputy Secretary-General Dr. Lambertus Lenten.
The logo shows the whale shark as a composite of nine other migratory species and their habitats, rendered as a stylized tattoo. The whale shark (Ryncodon typus), a known migratory species which also frequents the country’s waters, plays a centerpiece role in the logo designed by the BMB for the event.
The letter “O” in COP12 is portrayed as a color wheel signifying the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and underscoring how wildlife conservation plays a role in meeting them.
The bottom of the logo shows waves formed as a stylized hand reaching out to the whale shark, representing the role of people as stewards caring for the habitats of all species.
The conference theme, “Their Future is Our Future” completes the logo as an arc that highlights the connection between wildlife, the earth, and people in meeting the SDGs.
The general colors used for the logo are red, blue, and yellow to represent the Philippines as host country.
The Philippines has been chosen as the host of the Twelfth Meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP12) to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), which will be held on 23-28 October 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City. This is the first time that the COP will ever be convened in Asia. The CMS is the only global intergovernmental treaty established exclusively for the conservation and management of terrestrial, marine and avian migratory species throughout their range.
The CMS COP 12 will be attended by high-level dignitaries from more than 120 member countries, observers from the local government units, civil society, media, and the private sector. The COP will be preceded by a High Level Panel (22 October) which will be moderated by a leading BBC journalist and will involve officials and celebrities including executives of international organizations and prominent goodwill ambassadors. On the eve of COP, an Award ceremony, the Champion Night will be held (22 October). Several governments, organizations and companies will be recognized as Migratory Species Champions for their long-term support to initiatives that benefit migratory species.