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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, 30 March 2012

On Friday, PC20 convened in plenary for its consideration of the final items on its agenda. In the morning, delegates engaged in lengthy discussions on the annotations working group’s proposed recommendations, including bilateral and informal meetings in an effort to reach consensus. Participants ultimately agreed that PC Chair Clemente should report on the working group deliberations to SC62. Delegates then considered the working group report on Cedrela and Dalbergia spp. and agreed, inter alia, that they had concluded their work on this issue.

PC20 reconvened after lunch when parties heard the report from the working groups on bigleaf mahogany and other neotropical timber species. The PC agreed on recommendations on, inter alia, tariff codes, chain of custody, use of scientific names in timber trade, and authenticated reference timber samples.

The report on timber species, medicinal plants and agarwood-producing species prompted a lively debate but resulted in outcomes that were, according to one participant, "win-win for all." Nomenclature Specialist McGough then presented the recommendations of the working group on Madagascar, which the PC adopted without amendment. On behalf of the PC, PC Chair Clemente congratulated Madagascar for their initiative and progress.  Delegates also heard regional reports from Europe, North America and Oceania.

Mexico announced their willingness to host the next meetings of the AC, PC, and a possible joint session, noting the moral support of the North American region. Delegates welcomed the announcement.  

PC Chair Clemente gaveled the meeting to a close at 6:31pm.

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The garden behind Dublin Castle, a popular picnic spot at lunchtime.
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PC delegates convened during the coffee and tea breaks in efforts to reach consensus on annotations and agarwood-producing species
 
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Hesiquio Benítez Díaz, PC Vice-Chair, North America representative

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Asia representative, Zhihua Zhou (China)

 
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Cherry blossoms, Photo credit: Marijean Harris

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Statue at Dublin castle

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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