2008 Conference: Asunción, Paraguay
The Third Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative (WHMSI) Conference took place in Asunción, Paraguay, July 22 - 25, 2008. The Conference, hosted by Paraguay's Ministries of Tourism and Environment and the non-governmental organization Guyra Paraguay, was attended by more than 60 public and private sector representatives from 27 countries in the hemisphere and 26 NGOs and Conventions.
The Conference objectives were to:
- Facilitate coordination among migratory species initiatives, to foster synergies for better collaboration and more efficient use of resources, and to enhance Latin American participation in these initiatives;
- Update participants on WHMSI activities undertaken since the second WHMSI Conference;
- Refine capacity building workshops funded by the Organization of American States (OAS); and
- Conduct thematic sessions on priority hemispheric issues, including: the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Program, sea turtle conservation, adapting habitats of importance to migratory species in the face of climate change, and refinement of the collaborative mechanism under which WHMSI functions.
Read the conference proceedings