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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 Wednesday, 25 July 2012
CITES
On Wednesday morning, the CITES Standing Committee (SC) considered: a proposal to widen the use of the CITES logo to certain operators or operations registered with the Convention; review of resolutions; national reports; captive-bred and ranched specimens; e-commerce; and enforcement matters. Under the National Legislation Project, delegates considered trade suspensions for priority countries Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Paraguay and Rwanda because of lack of submission of information.

On enforcement, delegates considered implementation issues in Guinea, including limited progress in meeting the recommendations arising from a Secretariat mission to the country, and discussed whether to recommend a trade suspension or issuance of a warning. They also addressed fraudulent permits allegedly from Cameroon, with many encouraging cooperation between national authorities in this regard.

In the afternoon, the Standing Committee addressed: the Central African wildlife trade law enforcement initiative; introduction from the sea, including draft text on “chartering”; e-permitting; purpose-of-transaction codes on CITES permits and certificates; and a streamlined process for cross-border movement of musical instruments containing specimens of CITES-listed species proposed by the US. The Standing Committee then took up Asian big cats, hearing a report from the Global Tiger Initiative and an offer on behalf of the World Bank of US$100,000 for a study on captive tiger breeding operations, and national reports on tiger conservation measures. The Committee also considered leopard export quotas, with Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and the US having agreed on a potential way forward in relation to trade in leopard trophies. SC62 further addressed: physical inspection of timber shipments; use of taxonomic serial numbers; and the identification manual.
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Secretary-General John Scanlon and Chair Øystein Størkersen share a laugh during the afternoon's session.
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SC62 participants tackle their extensive agenda.
Simon Nemtzov (Israel) noted lack of reporting on activities relating to Decision 14.69 (tiger captive breeding operations).
Marceil Yeater, CITES Secretariat, spoke on the National Legislation Project.
Keshav Varma, Global Tiger Initiative, World Bank, offered US$100,000 to carry out a comprehensive study on commercial breeding of tigers.
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CITES resources
*Meeting agenda and documents
*Meeting work programme
*Information on legislative progress (Notification to the Parties No. 2012/036)
*Working groups and side events
*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
*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
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
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*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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