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Biodiversity Policy & Practice

Sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP16)

3-14 March 2013 | Bangkok, Thailand
 
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CITES
CITES CoP16In plenary, CoP16 completed its review of proposals to amend the Appendices. Japan, seconded by Gambia and India, proposed a motion to re-open discussion on the oceanic whitetip shark proposal. Colombia, supported by Senegal, opposed the re-opening of discussion. Mexico and Colombia, citing the Rules of Procedure, said there must be clear arguments to justify the re-opening of debate, and said these had not been given. The motion to re-open debate was rejected by a secret ballot vote, with 44 voting yes, 93 no and 4 abstaining. The CoP thus adopted the proposal to list the oceanic whitetip shark in Appendix II. Similarly, the proposal on hammerhead sharks was accepted after a motion to re-open debate was not carried, with 40 voting yes, 96 no and 6 abstaining in a vote taken by secret ballot. The CoP also adopted the proposal to list the porbeagle shark in Appendix II.

South Africa offered to host CoP17 in 2016 and presented a video about her country. Delegates accepted South Africa’s offer by acclamation.

In the closing session, CoP16 Chair Preecha Rengsomboonsuk thanked all delegates for their participation. Several parties, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations made closing remarks. Among them, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced plans to suspend issuance of permits for trade in primates in an effort to halt the illegal exploitation of apes. John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General, praised the delegates for tackling 161 working documents over nine days. He commended the spirit of respect in the room and the decision to place many new species under CITES’ control. The meeting was gaveled to a closed at 4:36pm.

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Oceanic blacktip shark, Millenium Island, Kiribati. Photo from the Wild and Precious exhibit by CITES, UNEP
and Goodplanet Foundation. Photo by Bryan Skerry

 
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L-R: Plenary dais with David Morgan, CITES Secretariat; Committee I Chair Carolina Caceres (Canada); John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General; Pithaya Pookaman on behalf of CoP16 Chair Preecha Rengsomboonsuk; Jonathan Barzdo, CITES Secretariat; and Committee II Chair Robert Gabel (US)
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Shingo Oota, Japan
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Elizabeth Taylor, Colombia
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Cesar Belteton, Guatemala
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Delegates from Morocco confer
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Alfred Wong, China
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Mathias Lōrtscher, Switzerland
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Rodrigo Medellin, Mexico
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Delegates from Japan raising their flag to make a point of order
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David Heath, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK
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Jean Claude R. Mantsoa, Madagascar
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Brian Arroyo, the US
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Voting result not adopted by one-third majority on the motion to re-open discussion on the oceanic whitetip shark.
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Delegates from Brazil
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L-R: Delegates from Moldova and Romania
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Delegates from Jordan consulting
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L-R: Tetyana Yakovlyeva and Volodymyr Domashlinets, Ukraine
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Closing Plenary
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John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General
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CoP16 Chair Preecha Rengsomboonsuk
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Paulino Franco de Carvalho, Brazil
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Samuel Kasiki, Kenya
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Ana Paulo S.G. Chichava, Deputy-Minister for the Coordination of Environmental Affairs, Mozambique
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CITES staff
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L-R: John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General receiving a token of appreciation from CoP16 Chair Preecha Rengsomboonsuk
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L-R: CoP16 Chair Preecha Rengsomboonsuk receiving a plaque of appreciation from John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General
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L-R: John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General and CoP16 Chair Preecha Rengsomboonsuk, gaveled the meeting to a close at 4:36pm
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L-R: Divers for Sharks and Sea Shepherd
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Participants from the Pew Environment Group
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L-R: Ali Mansoor, Bahrain (center) with ENB CoP16 team Catherine Benson, Kate Neville, Tanya Rosen, Resson Kantai, Kate Harris, and Kimo Goree. Franz Dejon and Pui Khemaros not in picture.
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Related Links
CoP16 resources
*CoP16 website
*CoP16 agenda and working documents
*Proposals for amendment of Appendices I and II
*Information documents
*List of proposals with Secretariat’s recommendations
*Standard nomenclature – Standard references to be considered at CoP16 (Notification to the Parties No. 2012/060)

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Sixty-second meeting of the CITES Standing Committee, 23-27 July 2012, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Twenty-sixth meeting of the CITES Animals Committee (AC26), Joint Meeting of the CITES Animals and Plants Committees and CITES Twentieth meeting of the Plants Committee (PC20), 15-20 March 2012, 22-24 March 2012 and 26-30 March 2012, Geneva, Switzerland and Dublin, Ireland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Sixty-first meeting of the CITES Standing Committee, 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) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the CITES CoP15, 13-25 March 2010, Doha, Qatar (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Fifty-eighth meeting of the CITES Standing Committee, 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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