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Twenty-sixth Meeting of the Animals Committee (AC26), Joint Meeting of the Animals and Plants Committees and Twentieth Meeting of the Plants Committee (PC20) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

15-20 March 2012, 22-24 March 2012 and 26-30 March 2012 | Geneva, Switzerland and Dublin, Ireland
Highlights for Friday, 16 March 2012
In plenary on Friday, AC26 participants discussed Review of Significant Trade (RST) in specimens of Appendix-II species. They also reviewed: the objections to the registration of operations that breed Appendix-I animal species in captivity for commercial purposes, as well as nomenclature matters; identification of CITES-listed corals in trade; and the relationship between wildlife trade and wildlife diseases. On the latter, the CITES Secretariat recalled the invitation received from the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Secretariat to become a core affiliate of the Scientific Task Force on Wildlife Diseases convened with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

 In the afternoon, participants reconvened into working groups to discuss: listing criteria, snakes, nomenclature, periodic review and sturgeon and paddlefish. The Working Group on Listing Criteria discussed, inter alia, whether to provide guidance for determining if commercially exploitable aquatic species qualify for listing on CITES Appendix II when that species has multiple stocks or subpopulations. The working group on snakes discussed: the preliminary results of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission Reptile Assessment, including possible listing of threatened trade snake species that are currently not listed under CITES. The working group on periodic review looked at recommendations on the list of species selected for review from CoP13 to CoP15 and from CoP15 to CoP17. The working group on sturgeon and paddlefish addressed the labeling of caviar shipping containers, appropriate source codes for roe, and other topics surrounding the conservation of and trade in these species and products derived from them.
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On Friday afternoon, AC26 participants continued their discussion in the working groups.
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