Wednesday, delegates met in Committee I during the morning to complete
their work. Plenary convened during the afternoon to review and adopt
the work of Committee I, Committee II and the Budget Committee, and to
elect new members of the Standing Committee, the Nomenclature Committee
and the two technical Committees.
presented its amendment to resolution 10.12 (Conf. 11.16) indicating
that since COP-10, range States are unable to develop a sturgeon strategy
as directed by this resolution. The Secretariat offered to assist
with the strategy and with this amendment, the decision was adopted.
Wijnstekers took a moment to welcome the CITES family's latest addition,
Kazakhstan, who officially joined the convention today.
Budget Committee Chair Stansell presented the Secretariat financing
and budgeting (Com. 11.21). He noted that the Budget Committee accepted
the financial reports for 1997, 1998 and 1999 (Doc. 11.10.1.Rev.1),
and took note of the estimated expenditures for 2000 (Doc. 11.10.2).
He added that the Committee had approved a 26.53% budget increase,
but noted that it fell short of the Secretariat's requested biennium
budget. In order to balance between the need for increased staffing
and increased programme activities, the Budget Committee reduced
the number of approved posts from seven to five and noted the need
to apply available funds to such priority issues as capacity building,
enforcement and regional coordination as they become available.
OF COMMITTEE II: Committee II Chair Veit Koester outlined the status
of proposals considered by the Committee, a majority of which were
adopted with few amendments