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28th Meeting of the Animals Committee (AC28) of the
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

30 August - 3 September 2015 | Tel Aviv, Israel


Highlights for Wednesday, 2 September 2015

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View of the Plenary (© CITES Secretariat)

View of the Plenary (© CITES Secretariat)

CITES AC28 On Wednesday, participants continued meeting in working groups. Three new groups met: on periodic review, production systems and captive breeding. The working group on periodic review discussed the format of the review and the process for selection of species. The working group on captive breeding considered a stand-alone resolution that would address compliance measures on captive breeding. The working group on the evaluation of the review of significant trade agreed to remove the polar bear from the review of significant trade process.

In the afternoon, participants convened in plenary where the chairs of the 10 working groups gave an update on the status of their work, noting that they will report their final recommendations in the meeting’s final plenary on Thursday, 3 September.

In plenary, participants also discussed: cooperation with other biodiversity-related multilateral environmental agreements, including the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem services (IPBES), capacity-building, review of identification and guidance material, identification of sturgeons and paddlefish speciments in trade, and regional cooperation on the management of and trade in the queen conch.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web updates and a summary and analysis report from the 28th Meeting of the Animals Committee (AC) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Our summary and analysis report is available in HTML and PDF. Available in ENB Mobile at: http://enb.iisd.mobi/cites-ac28/


Melanie Virtue, Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS), on her way to the reception hosted by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem.

On Tuesday evening, CITES AC28 participants
had the opportunity to tour Jerusalem


Griffon vulture breeding center in Carmel Hai-Bar Nature Reserve
(© CITES Secretariat)

The CITES AC28 Israeli hosts surprise Hesiquio Benitez,
Mexico, with a cake for his 50th birthday


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