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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 Tuesday, 27 March 2012

On Tuesday, 27 March, PC20 continued its deliberations in four working groups on: annotations; the Review of Significant Trade (RST); the periodic review; and nomenclature issues. The annotations working group, co-chaired by PC Chair Clemente, Ken Farr, Canada, and Marco Valentini, European Commission (EC), met throughout the day and successfully completed what was a challenging mandate. Their deliberations focused on: how to clarify and provide guidance on the meaning of “packaged and ready for retail trade” and other terms used in the annotation; and annotations in relation to tree species included in CITES Appendices II and III. 

The working group on periodic review, chaired by PC Vice-Chair Benitez-Diaz, also met throughout the day. In the morning, participants discussed species under review and proposed recommending listing and delisting proposals for a number of species, including seven genera of epiphytic cacti. The group also noted that reviews of Balmea stormia, Platymiscium pleiostachyum, and Peristeria elata remain in progress. In the afternoon, the group focused on drafting proposed revisions in relation in Resolution 14.8 (Periodic Review of the Appendices) commenced during the joint meeting of AC26/PC20.

In the morning, the working group on nomenclature, chaired by Nomenclature Specialist Noel McGough, UK, met and agreed draft recommendations and in the afternoon, the RST working group, also chaired by McGough met and completed their mandate in record time. In the RST working group, participants reviewed available information to determine whether five plant species should be eliminated from the review, with respect to the range states concerned, or whether the Secretariat should proceed with compiling information on their trade status.

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The working group on annotations panel (L-R): Madeleine Groves (UK); and Working Group Co-Chairs Margarita Clemente (Spain); Ken Farr (Canada); and Marco Valentini (EC)

 
 
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Uwe Schippmann, Germany and David Morgan, CITES Secretariat consult during the working group on annotations.
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Guy Clarke, UK Border Force, emphasized the need for clear annotations, quipping that “the [wood] chip is in the eye of the beholder”.
 
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Madeleine Groves, UK, and Guy Clarke, UK, consult during a break in the working group on annotations deliberations
 
 
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The working group on the periodic review met throughout the day

Related Links
CITES resources
*AC26 website
*AC26 provisional agenda and documents
*PC20 website
*PC20 provisional agenda and documents
*Work programme for the Plants Committee and the Joint Committee

IISD RS resources
*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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