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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 Friday, 18 April 2008
PC Chair Margarita Clemente takes a moment of solitude to review her notes on the working groups’ recommendations before the final plenary.
Daily highlights:
15 April - 16 April - 17 April - 18 April - 19 April - 21 April - 22 April - 23 April

Participants met in plenary to hear regional reports and adopt the working groups’ recommendations on non-detriment findings (NDFs); annotations; Review of Significant Trade (RST); periodic review and Euphorbia spp.; and timber issues. The PC also addressed matters regarding nomenclature (PC17 Doc.20), the progress report on the Identification Manual (PC17 Doc.21.1) and the development of genetic techniques for the forensic identification of Gonystylus (ramin) timber and wood products (PC17 Doc.21.2 (Rev.1)).

In the afternoon, participants had a long debate, agreeing at the end with the recommendations from the working group on bigleaf mahogany and RST, which selected, amongst others, Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, and Santa Lucia for the RST in bigleaf mahogany (PC17 WG10). The PC adopted the Executive Summary of the meeting (PC17 Sum.1, 2 and 3).

Many parties notified the PC of their interest in hosting PC18, with the PC endorsing the first offer made by Argentina. The Secretariat noted that given the timing of CoP15, PC18 should take place in February 2009.

Chair Clemente gaveled the meeting to a close at 6:36 pm.
Harriet Gillett (UNEP-WCMC) presents the recommendations from the technical workshop on "Strategies for Sustainable Use and Management of Timber Tree Species Subject to International Trade: Southeast Asia” held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5-7 September 2007.
L-R: Dena Cator (IUCN) and Thomasina Oldfield (IUCN) prepare for the final afternoon plenary.
Periodic Review and Euphorbia Spp. Working Group Chair Jonas Lüthy (Switzerland) reports to the PC on the group's deliberations.
Daily highlights:
15 April - 16 April - 17 April - 18 April - 19 April - 21 April - 22 April - 23 April

Related Links
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Seventeenth meeting of the Plants Committee
PC17 provisional agenda
PC17 Working Programme
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AC23 provisional agenda
AC23 Working Programme

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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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