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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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Highlights for Monday, 4 March 2013
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CITES
CITES CoP16In the morning, ministers and high-level representatives convened for the roundtable on combating transnational organized wildlife and forest crime.

In the afternoon, participants met in Committees. Committee I addressed resolutions and decisions on: cooperation with the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES); climate change; non-detriment findings (NDFs); and standard nomenclature. Committee II addressed financing and budgeting of the Secretariat and the CoP.

As well as scheduled meetings, various side events were held during the lunch break. A joint Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)-CITES side event on “The Saiga Antelope: Challenges and Opportunities for Conservation and Sustainable Use," co-hosted by China, the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan, discussed the threats faced by the species. The GRASP report, "Stolen Apes: The Illicit Trade in Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Bonobos and Orangutans," was introduced in a side event moderated by Ofir Drori, Doug Cress, and Ian Redmond. A side event was also held on “Ending Tiger Trade: A Call for Implementation,” hosted by the Born Free Foundation, Environmental Investigation Agency and Wildlife Protection Society of India, to address trade in tigers and other Asian big cats.
L-R: Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director with John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General
 
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Committee I
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Committee Chair Carolina Caceres (Canada) and David Morgan, CITES Secretariat during the afternoon session.
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Marta Isabel Pereira, Colombia
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Marisa Aramaki, Japan
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Pat Awori, Kenya
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L-R: Leina Al-Awadhi and Shereefa Sultan Al-Saleem, Kuwait
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View of the Committtee I session
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Ciaran O'Keefe, Ireland
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Edilberto Duarte Lopez, Nicaragua
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Mohd. Kheiruddin Mohd. Rani, Malaysia
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Margarita Clemente-Muñoz (Spain), Chair, Plants Committee (PC)
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L-R: José Palazzo and Paulo Guilherme Pingüim, Divers for Sharks
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Committee II
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Center: John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General provided an overview on the budgetary situation of the CITES Secretariat
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Committee II Chair Robert Gabel (US)
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Atsushi Suginaka, Japan
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Joe Murphy, US
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Mark Zimsky, GEF
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Elise Haber, South Africa
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Abednico Macheme, Botswana
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Delegates from Brazil consulting
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Launch of the Wild and Precious Photo Exhibit organized by UNEP, CITES and Goodplanet Foundation
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L-R: John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General, H.E. Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand, and Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, inaugurated the Wild and Precious photo exhibit organized by UNEP, CITES and Goodplanet Foundation.
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Wild and Precious photo exhibit depicting endangered species and ecosystems.
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Side Event:
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L-R: Dais of the Great Apes Survival: Launch of a Rapid Response Assessment report on the illegal trade in great apes with Ofir Drori, LAGA, Doug Cress, GRASP and Ian Redmond, GRASP
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Side event session: CITES/CMS cooperation using the CMS Saiga MOU
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L-R: Dais during the side event on CMS: CITES/CMS cooperation using the CMS Saiga MOU with Tom De Meulenaer, CITES Secretariat; Lu Xiaoping, China; Anton Mezhnev, Russian Federation; Christiane Roettger, CMS Secretariat; and Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat
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L-R: Side event on the New Zealand Green Gecko with Alice Revell, Hugh Robertson and Stuart Williamson, New Zealand
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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
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Chemicals and Wastes Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Adressing Chemicals and Wastes Policy
*Land Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Activities Adressing International Sustainable Land
*Forests Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Adressing Forests Policy
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Water Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Activities Addressing Sustainable Water and Sanitation
*Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Sustainable Energy Activities
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Activities Contributing to International Sustainable Development
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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