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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 Thursday, 29 March 2012

Thursday, 29 March, was yet another warm, sunny day in Dublin. In the morning, the PC20 working group on timber species, medicinal plants and agarwood-producing species discussed, among other items, whether non-detriment findings (NDFs) should be conducted at the genus- or species-level for agarwood-producing species, and which agarwood products should or should not be controlled by CITES. Later in the morning, the PC members continued and finalized their discussions on the Cedrela and Dalbergia spp amendment proposals in their working group.

In the afternoon, PC20 reconvened in plenary, heard reports from a number of the working group chairs while awaiting the final working group reports and recommendations. Approved working group recommendations on nomenclatural issues, the Review of Significant Trade (RST) and the periodic review of the Appendices. The PC also heard an oral report from the Secretariat on reporting on trade in artificially propagated plants [Decisions 14.39 (Rev. CoP15) and 14.40 (Rev. CoP15)] and regional reports.

While the PC has made excellent process, working groups for some of the more warmly debated agenda items have yet to present recommendations in plenary, so much work remains for Friday.

In the evening, PC participants took a tour of historic Dublin Castle, an 800 year-old structure which over the years has served many purposes, from a defensive fortification to a royal residence to a venue for meetings like CITES.

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Flags flying at Dublin Castle
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Daily highlights
 
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PC delegates discuss documents

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PC gathers in plenary

 
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PC Chair Margarita Clemente (Spain)

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Milena Sosa Schmidt, CITES Secretariat

 
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PC Chair Margarita Clemente (Spain)

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David Morgan, CITES Secretariat

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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