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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 Saturday, 17 March 2012
On Saturday, working groups on sharks, periodic review, sturgeon and paddlefish, snake, tortoises and freshwater turtles,  review of significant trade (RST), nomenclature and corals identification met throughout the day. The sharks working group considered, inter alia: national reports; the report of the CITES/FAO workshop to review the application and effectiveness of international regulatory measures for the conservation and sustainable use of sharks; complementarity with regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) measures; and CITES and FAO shark questionnaires, noting that, out of the 26 top shark fishing states, 10 and 8 nations, respectively, did not respond. Participants also discussed draft recommendations, including asking the CITES Secretariat to request parties to submit outstanding shark questionnaire responses and urging them to record trade data at the species level.

The working group on RST met to address recommendations on the provisional categorization of species made by UNEP-WCMC and on the list of species selected for RST following COP15. The Group on tortoises and freshwater turtles met in the early afternoon and considered recommendations to forward to the Secretariat, parties and Standing Committee, noting that no progress had been made in identifying elements and guidance for a non-detriment finding. The Working Group on Sturgeon and Paddlefish prepared a draft report to present to plenary that amended the relevant resolution and acknowledged the limited progress achieved since the  Standing Committee meeting.
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Wildlife and livestock interactions: Afghan Urial (Ovis vignei), an Appendix II species, in Ishkoshim, GBAO, Tajikistan
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Daily highlights
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The Shark Working Group discussed reports from range countries

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The Working Group on RST addressed recommendations on the provisional categorization of species made by UNEP- WCMC
 
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The Polish Delegation consults during the Working Group on RST.

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*AC26 website
*AC26 provisional agenda and documents
*PC20 website
*PC20 provisional agenda and documents
*Work programme for the Plants Committee and the Joint Committee

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*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Sixty-first Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee (SC61), 15-19 August 2011, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of AC25, 18-22 July 2011, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of PC19, 18-21 April 2011, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (Frech: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Fifteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP15) of CITES, 13-25 March 2010, Doha, Qatar (English: HTML - PDF) (Frech: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of SC58, 6-10 July 2009, Geneva, Switzerland (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of AC24, 20-24 April 2009, Geneva, Switzerland (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of PC18, 17-21 March 2009, Buenos Aires, Argentina (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS archive of CITES meetings
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