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Biodiversity Policy & Practice
Sixty-first Meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Standing Committee

15-19 August 2011 | Geneva, Switzerland

Highlights for Thursday, 18 August 2011
Sixty-first Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee
On Thursday, the CITES Standing Committee continued consideration of the agenda. They addressed remaining administrative issues as well as heard the terms of reference of the new CITES Strategic Vision revision working group. They also discussed engagement with the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). With regard to species trade and conservation, participants discussed rhinoceros, snake trade and conservation management, tortoises and freshwater turtles, Tibetan antelope and sturgeon. On monitoring of progress on conservation of and trade in sturgeons, the Russian Federation announced it would quit the working group on sturgeon, leaving the group with less than half of the range countries represented.

Participants also addressed the Periodic Review of Appendices and time-bound listings and several SC members and observers spoke against the proposal to establish a working group to address the use of time-bound listings but rather supported ways to improve the Periodic Review. At the end of the day there were still several items left on the agenda, including Asian big cats, great apes, bushmeat, big-leaf mahogany and ramin. 
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L-R: Ahmed Djoghlaf, UN Convention on Biological Diversity Executive Secretary; John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General; Øystein Størkersen, CITES SC Chair; and Melanie Virtue, Convention on Migratory Species
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IISD RS resources
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Twenty-fifth Meeting of the Animals Committee (AC 25) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), 18-22 July 2011, Geneva, Switzerland (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Nineteenth Meeting of the CITES Plants Committee (PC), 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 the Fifty-eighth meeting of the CITES Standing Committee (SC58), 6-10 July 2009, Geneva, Switzerland (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of CITES AC 24, 20-24 April 2009, Geneva, Switzerland (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of CITES PC18, 17-21 March 2009, Buenos Aires, Argentina (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS archive of CITES meetings
*Biodiversity-L - A mailing list for news on biodiversity and wildlife policy
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
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