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PC 17AC 23
 
Seventeenth meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Plants Committee and
Twenty-third meeting of the CITES Animals Committee

15-23 April 2008 | Geneva, Switzerland

Highlights for Tuesday, 15 April 2008
L-R: David Morgan (CITES Secretariat); Milena Sosa Schmidt (CITES Secretariat); and PC Chair Margarita Celemente (Spain), prepare to open the Tuesday afternoon plenary ahead of schedule after a very productive morning session.
Daily highlights:
15 April - 16 April - 17 April - 18 April - 19 April - 21 April - 22 April - 23 April

The 17th meeting of the Plants Committee (PC17) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was opened by David Morgan, on behalf of CITES Secretary-General Willem Wijnstekers, underscoring the importance of timber issues and the need for the PC to contribute with scientific added value to the management of these resources, particularly by discussing non-detriment findings (NDFs) rather than engaging non-scientific issues. The PC elected by acclamation Margarita Clemente (Europe) and Greg Leach (Oceania) to be Chair and Vice-Chair of PC17, respectively.

PC Chair Margarita Clemente emphasized the CoP14 resolution regarding the CITES Strategic Vision for 2008-2013, highlighting the importance of: contributing to the United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing biodiversity loss by 2010; promoting transparency in the development of conservation policies; promoting cooperation among international organizations concerned with biodiversity and trade; and developing a science-based approach to enhance the sustainability of international trade. Chair Clemente underscored the role of the PC to provide clear scientific support to the CoPs, other CITES committees and the Secretariat. She summarized the recommendations that need to be made by PC, including on timber resources, review of annotations, and the preparation of guidelines for NDFs.

The PC established nine working groups: three to tackle annotations for Cactaceae and other taxa, orchids and tree species; three to address NDFs regarding timber species broadly, medicinal plants and argawood-producing species; one on the review of significant trade (RST); and one on the periodic review of plant species included in the CITES Appendices; and one on hybrids and cultivars.
The Malaysian delegation takes a short break from discussing their upcoming summary report on non-detriment findings for ramin (Gonystylus spp.) to pose for a photo during the lunch break.
L-R: Eduardo Mansur (ITTO) and Edward Pepke (FAO) consult on upcoming timber-related agenda items.
Rapporteur, Martin Jenkins (UK), reads over his notes from the morning plenary session.
ENB Team Leader, Karen Alvarenga (Brazil), gives Chris Schürmann (the Netherlands) a tour of the ENB website.
North American regional representative Robert Gabel (US); Oceania regional representative Greg Leach (Australia); and Nomenclature Specialist Noel McGough (UK) consult just before the opening of the afternoon plenary.
Daily highlights:
15 April - 16 April - 17 April - 18 April - 19 April - 21 April - 22 April - 23 April

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Seventeenth meeting of the Plants Committee
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AC23 provisional agenda
AC23 Working Programme

IISD RS resources
IISD RS coverage of CITES CoP14, 3-15 June 2007, The Hague, the Netherlands
IISD RS summary report of the Sixteenth meeting of the CITES Plants Committee, 3-8 July 2006, Lima, Peru - (English: HTML - PDF) - (French: HTML - PDF) - (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS summary report of the Twenty-second meeting of the CITES Animals Committee, 7-13 July 2006, Lima, Peru - (English: HTML - PDF) - (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS summary report of the Fifteenth meeting of the CITES Plants Committee, 17-21 May 2005, Geneva, Switzerland - (English: HTML - PDF) - (French: HTML - PDF) - (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS summary report of the Twenty-first meeting of the Animals Committee, 20-25 May 2005, Geneva, Switzerland - (English: HTML - PDF) - (French: HTML - PDF) - (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
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