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Sixty-second meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Standing Committee

23-27 July 2012 | Geneva, Switzerland

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Highlights for Tuesday, 24 July 2012
CITES
On Tuesday morning, the Standing Committee (SC) discussed: the African elephant fund; elephant conservation, illegal killing and ivory trade; and control of ivory trade in Thailand. On elephant conservation, IUCN Species Specialist Committee (SSC) Asian Elephant Specialist Group lamented the new “elephant crisis,” noting worrying indications of an increase in Asian elephant illegal killings. IUCN SSC African Elephant Specialist Group reported that, in spite of existing measures and improved monitoring, demand continues to grow. Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) reported the highest levels of poaching since MIKE records began, pointing to linkages between poverty, weak governance, ivory demand and law enforcement capacity. Ensuing discussions focused on: recommending reporting on ivory trade controls not only to China but also to identified source, transit or destination countries; preventing illegal trade in live elephants; the relevance of legal ivory sales; and improving cooperation between range states and destination countries.

In the afternoon, the SC took up the agenda item on a decision-making mechanism for authorizing ivory trade, with divergent views being expressed on a consultancy study on decision-making mechanisms and necessary conditions for a future trade in African elephant ivory. Chair Øystein Størkersen (Norway) eventually proposed informal consultations on how to take discussions forward. The SC also addressed: review of Resolution Conf. 10.10 (Rev. CoP15) (trade in elephant specimens); cooperation between parties and promotion of multilateral measures; CITES and livelihoods; and capacity building.
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The CITES Secretariat and Chair Størkersen huddle during discussions on elephants on Tuesday morning.
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L-R: Holly Dublin, Diane Skinner and Simon Hedges, IUCN
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Patrick Omondi (Kenya) lamented lack of cooperation between range states and destination countries in addressing illegal ivory trade.
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Tom de Meulenaar, CITES Secretariat, presented the report on Elephant Conservation, Illegal Killing and Ivory Trade.
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Rowan Martin, consultant, presented a report on decision-making mechanisms and necessary conditions for a future trade for African Elephant ivory.
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Hesiquio Benítez (Mexico) during stricter domestic measures discussions.
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Zhang Yue (China)
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*Information on legislative progress (Notification to the Parties No. 2012/036)
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*Previous SC meetings page

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Twenty-sixth Meeting of the Animals Committee (AC26), Joint Meeting of the Animals and Plants Committees and Twentieth Meeting of the Plants Committee (PC20) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), 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 (SC61), 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) (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 SC58, 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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