The Fifth Session (MoP5) of the Meeting of the Parties of the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) - the decision-making body of the Agreement – came to an end yesterday in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.
The day was spent discussing and adopting the meeting’s report prepared by the Secretariat. Notably, MoP5 will be the last meeting of the Agreement conducted under the guidance of its current Executive Secretary, Warren Papworth, who retires at the end of the year. The meeting warmly thanked him with a standing ovation for his service over the last decade, wishing him all the best for his well-earned retirement. In reply, he thanked all his colleagues within the ACAP community for their help and friendship. The Spanish hosts were also thanked for arranging a productive and enjoyable Session.
MoP5 gets down to adopting text on its last day - on the big screen
MOP5's head table: Marco Favero, Warren Papworth and Ricardo Losa Giménez
ACAP's Advisory Committee has had only three Chief Officers:
Marco Favero (Current Chair), John Cooper (past Vice-Chair)and Mark Tasker (past Chair and current Vice-Chair)
Mark Tasker thanks Warren Papworth with a gift at the Session's close
Photographs by John Cooper
All the MoP5 attendees signal for the camera, photograph by Mark Tasker
John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 09 May 2015