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Monday, 27 April 2009
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Twenty-fourth meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Animals Committee

20-24 April 2009 | Geneva, Switzerland

The NDF Working Group discusses how to address the outcomes of the International Expert Workshop on NDFs and PC18’s proposed draft resolution on the matter.
Daily highlights
Monday, 20 April - Tuesday, 21 April - Wednesday, 22 April - Thursday, 23 April - Friday, 24 April
Highlights for Tuesday, 21 April 2009

The AC met in plenary in the morning and in working groups throughout the afternoon. In the morning, participants discussed nomenclature issues, the regional workshop on sharks and stingrays, transport of live animals, possible proposals for consideration at CoP15, the Asia and Oceania regional reports, and continued discussions on the draft resolution on NDFs recommended by PC18. The AC formed three working groups on NDFs, nomenclature and transport of live animals.

All working groups, except the one on sea cucumber fisheries, convened throughout the afternoon. The Working Group on Sharks completed discussions on the outcomes of the regional workshop on South American freshwater stingrays (AC24 Doc.14.2), including on: how to gather evidence to support significant decline of species; the requirements for Appendix III listing of sharks; the importance of maintaining sustainable use of ornamental fishing; and the need to strengthen domestic management. The Working Group on NDFs continued deliberations on whether or not to adopt the PC's recommendations. The Working Group agreed to some elements of the PC's recommendations, such as a notification to collect feedback from parties on the International NDF workshop, but would continue discussions on a draft decision instructing parties to continue their work on NDFs, rather than a draft resolution for CoP15 that, inter alia, suggests possible guidelines for NDFs, as suggested by the PC.

The AC briefly reconvened in plenary at the end of the day to note general progress made in the working groups. Periodic Review WG Chair Ibero Solana (Spain) reported that his group had finished its work. All other groups (except sea cucumber that did not yet begin discussions,) will continue deliberations on Wednesday morning.
Alternate representative for Europe Colman O’Criodain (Ireland)
Sonja Meintjes (South Africa) waves her flag to attract AC Chair Althaus’ attention during the morning plenary.
Oceania representative Rod Hay (New Zealand) chairs the Working Group on Sharks and Stingrays.
Sabri Zain (TRAFFIC) raises his flag to participate in the NDF Working Group.
Daily highlights
Monday, 20 April - Tuesday, 21 April - Wednesday, 22 April - Thursday, 23 April - Friday, 24 April
Related Links
CITES Resources
CITES Homepage
24th Meeting of the Animals Committee
AC24 Provisional Agenda and Documents
Summary Record of AC23
Executive Summary of PC18
Summary Record of the 57th Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee (SC57)

IISD RS resources
IISD RS coverage of PC18, 17-21 March 2009, Buenos Aires, Argentina
IISD RS coverage of SC57, 14-18 July 2008, Geneva, Switzerland
IISD RS coverage of CITES CoP14, 3-15 June 2007, The Hague, the Netherlands
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