Twentieth meeting of the Animals Committee

Johannesburg, South Africa | 29 March - 2 April 2004

 

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The 20th meeting of the Animals Committee (AC-20) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) convened from 29 March to 2 April 2004, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The meeting drew together some 150 participants representing governments, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Participants met in Plenary throughout the week to discuss 23 agenda items on a range of topics, including review of significant trade in specimens of Appendix II species (RST); review of criteria for amendment of Appendices I and II; periodic review of animal and plant taxa in the Appendices; transport of live animals; budget; trade in hard corals; trade in alien species; sea cucumbers; seahorses; and sharks.


In addition, ten working groups were convened, many continuing from AC-19, to address the: RST; relationship between ex situ production and in situ conservation; process for registering operations that breed Appendix I animal species for commercial purposes; transport of live animals; trade in hard corals; control of captive breeding, ranching and wild harvest production systems; improving regional communication and representation; sea cucumbers; and sharks. A drafting group was also set up to review the criteria for amendment of Appendices I and II.


Although the AC had a burdensome agenda, delegates worked largely in a collegial manner, with many of the more difficult issues addressed in working groups. The final outcomes of the AC will be forwarded to the thirteenth Conference of the Parties (COP-13), to be held in Bangkok, Thailand in October 2004. 

 

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CITES homepage: http://www.cites.org/.
More information on this meeting is available from the Animals Committee page: http://www.cites.org/eng/cttee/animals/index.shtml.
Agenda of the meeting: http://www.cites.org/eng/cttee/animals/20/index.shtml.
ENB Summary of the Nineteenth meeting of the Animals Committee (HTML, PDF, TEXT).
ENB Summary of the Fourteenth meeting of the Plants Committee (HTML, PDF, TEXT).
ENB Summary of the Thirteenth meeting of the Plants Committee (HTML, PDF, TEXT).
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