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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 Working Group on Sea Cucumbers deliberates during the morning session.
Daily highlights
Monday, 20 April - Tuesday, 21 April - Wednesday, 22 April - Thursday, 23 April - Friday, 24 April
Highlights for Thursday, 23 April 2009

Working groups continued to meet throughout the day and AC members met in plenary in the late morning and afternoon.

The Working Group (WG) on Sharks continued to draft recommendations to the AC on shark species of concern, and the WG on NDFs elaborated elements of a draft decision for CoP on the issue. The WG on RST agreed to recommend that: Huso huso (beluga) and Tursiops aduncus (bottlenose dolphins) be included into the RST; and the Solomon Islands reduce its quota for T. aduncus from 100 to ten specimens per year.

In the afternoon plenary, the AC heard the remainder of the regional reports, and the chairs of the WGs on Sturgeons, Transport, Nomenclature, and Ranching presented their WG reports. On sturgeons, the AC adopted the WG’s recommendations without amendment, endorsing the conclusions and recommendations of the FAO and CITES Technical Workshop on Stock Assessment and TAC Methodologies. On transport of live animals, the AC agreed to the WG’s recommendations, including that the WG should work intersessionally to proceed with replacing the “CITES Guidelines for transport and preparation for shipment of wild live animals and plants” with new guidelines for non-air transport of live specimens for consideration at CoP16. On nomenclature, the AC agreed to the WG’s recommendation that the Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals not be adopted as the standard reference for marine mammals, and to other WG recommendations with minor amendments. The AC began discussion of the WG’s recommendations on ranching, but was unable to conclude, with Europe, North America, IWMC and many others opposing any unintentional changes to Res.Conf. 9.24 (Criteria for amendment of Appendices I and II).
Craig Hoover (US) tries to help the AC reach a compromise by suggesting the addition of an annex to Resolution Conf. 9.24 (Criteria for amendment of Appendices I and II) rather than reopening the discussion on the Resolution.
Rodrigo Medellín proudly displaying his Rolex which he received at the Rolex Award for Enterprise for his bat conservation work.
Bob Brownell (IUCN/Species Survival Commission Cetacean Specialist Group) comments on the status of the Solomon Islands’ population of Tursiops aduncus (bottlenose dolphins) in the Working Group on RST.
L-R: Sarah Ferriss and Rosamund Almond (UNEP-WCMC) explain that the RST online management system will enable tracking of progress and deadlines through all stages of the RST process.
Daily highlights
Monday, 20 April - Tuesday, 21 April - Wednesday, 22 April - Thursday, 23 April - Friday, 24 April
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