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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 Thursday, 17 April 2008 
The German Delegation ready to start plenary negotiations. L-R: Hajo Schmitz-Kretschmer, Uwe Schippmann, and Irina Sprotte.
Daily highlights:
15 April - 16 April - 17 April - 18 April - 19 April - 21 April - 22 April - 23 April

In the morning, participants attended the working groups on the Review of Significant Trade (RST), bigleaf mahogany and RST, non-detrimental findings (NDFs) for agarwood, timber, and cacti and orchid annotations.

In the afternoon, participants gathered in plenary to discuss the working groups’ recommendations on annotations for cacti, orchid and tree species periodic review and Euphorbia spp., hybrids and cultivars, NDFs for medicinal plants and agarwood, and RST.

PC Vice-Chairman Greg Leach (Australia) noted that the Committee assessed the CoP14 resolutions and decisions that were of relevance to the PC and classified the tasks as high, medium or low priority. He emphasized that for each task, a specific PC member was assigned responsibility to report on progress at CoP15. He highlighted that the PC classified the periodic review and the significant trade processes as high priorities.
L-R: Manit Jaichagun (Thailand) and Sonja Meintjes (South Africa) discuss the RST Working Group's recommendations on species selected for review following CoP13.
David Newton (TRAFFIC) beams in afternoon plenary after being commended by the German delegation for TRAFFIC's report that reviews the status, harvest, trade and management of seven Asian CITES-listed medicinal and aromatic plant species (PC17 Inf.10).
L-R: Pascal Ngoy-Taki (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Joël Jeremie (France)
Animals Committee Chair Thomas Althaus (Switzerland) arrives early to get a feel for the PC's progress.
L-R: North America representative Robert Gabel (US); Oceania representative Greg Leach (Australia); Nomenclature Specialist Noel McGough (UK); and Victoria Zentilli (CITES Secretariat), fine tune their ideas before afternoon plenary.
Neil Ellis, CITES Secretariat Timber Officer
L-R: Maria Tonelli (Argentina); Dora Ingrid Rivera (Costa Rica); Thomas Althaus (Animals Committee Chair); and Michael Kiehn (Austria); confabulate about the interlinkages between the Plants and Animals Committees.
Daily highlights:
15 April - 16 April - 17 April - 18 April - 19 April - 21 April - 22 April - 23 April

Related Links
CITES resources
Seventeenth meeting of the Plants Committee
PC17 provisional agenda
PC17 Working Programme
Twenty-third meeting of the Animals Committee
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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