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Nineteenth meeting of the Animals Committee

Geneva, Switzerland | 18 - 21 August 2003

 

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The 19th meeting of the Animals Committee (AC-19) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) convened from 18-21 August 2003, in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting drew together 130 participants representing governments, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Delegates at AC-19 discussed 22 agenda items in Plenary on a range of topics including, inter alia: strategic planning; review of significant trade (RST) in specimens of Appendix II species; review of criteria for amendment of Appendices I and II; periodic review of animal species included in the Appendices; transport of live animals; conservation of and trade in tortoises and freshwater turtles; seahorses; sea cucumbers; sharks; hard corals; and trade in alien species.

In addition, 12 working groups were formed to address: review of the criteria for amendment of Appendices I and II; relationship between ex situ production and in situ conservation; control of captive breeding, ranching and wild harvest production systems for Appendix II species; process for registering operations; review of significant trade in specimens of Appendix II species; transport of live animals; trade in tortoises and freshwater turtles; seahorses; queen conch; sea cucumbers; hard corals; and sharks.

Despite time constraints and a heavy agenda the AC managed to get through its work. Many issues will be further considered intersessionally with the results being presented at AC-20 in 2004.


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More information on this meeting is available from the Animals Committee page: http://www.cites.org/eng/cttee/animals/index.shtml.
Agenda/List of documents: http://www.cites.org/eng/cttee/animals/19/index.shtml.
Working Programme: http://www.cites.org/eng/cttee/animals/19/E19-03-2.pdf.
Executive summary of the Eighteenth meeting of the Animals Committee:
http://www.cites.org/eng/cttee/animals/18/summary_record.pdf.
ENB Summary of the Eighteenth Meeting of the Animals Committee: http://www.iisd.ca/linkages/download/pdf/enb2118e.pdf.
ENB coverage of the Eighteenth Meeting of the Animals Committee: http://www.iisd.ca/linkages/cites/CITA2/.
ENB Summary of the Twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties: http://www.iisd.ca/linkages/download/pdf/enb2130e.pdf.
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