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Biodiversity Policy & Practice

Sixty-fifth meeting of the Standing Committee (SC65) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

7-11 July 2014 | Geneva, Switzerland

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Highlights for Friday, 11 July 2014
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WWF delegation
CITES SC65On Friday, the Standing Committee met for a final day of deliberations over the many agenda items discussed during the week, setting timeframes and deadlines on several issues to boost compliance with the Convention, and hearing back from the in-session working groups.

Participants discussed Asian Big Cats and agreed, among others, to a recommendation to establish an inter-sessional working group to report back at SC66. On rhinos, the Committee adopted recommendations requesting Mozambique submit: its national rhino action plan to the Secretariat by 31 October 2014; a report to the Secretariat and the Working Group on Rhino about progress made against timeframes and milestones on the implementation of the action plan, by 31 January 2015; and a comprehensive report on progress made with the implementation of the action plan, to the Secretariat and the Working Group on Rhino, by 31 March 2015.

On cheetahs, the Standing Committee mandated the newly established inter-sessional working group to coordinate with the Secretariat on the organization of a workshop before the next Animals Committee meeting.

On elephants, the Standing Committee recommended, among other issues, that Thailand submit to the Secretariat a revised National Ivory Action Plan by 30 September 2014, which includes a list of actions to be achieved by 31 March 2015. The recommendation also notes a progress report on these actions should be submitted by 15 January 2015. The Standing Committee, with the Secretariat, will subsequently make additional recommendations, as appropriate. A further progress report is to be submitted by 31 March 2015, after which progress will be assessed and conveyed to Thailand. In the event the SC is not satisfied that the requested actions have been achieved, it shall proceed in accordance with the provisions in Resolution Conf.14.3, paragraph 30 on suspension of trade.

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Ali Mansoor, Bahrain
Yuan Liu, CITES Secretariat
Melanie Virtue, CMS
L-R: Sabri Zain and Steven Broad, TRAFFIC, and Sue Lieberman, WCS
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The CITES, IUCN and IISD-RS teams at the of the Standing Committee meeting

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*IISD RS coverage of the Sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties of CITES (CoP16), 3-14 March 2013, Bangkok, Thailand

*IISD RS summary and analysis of CITES SC62, 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 CITES 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) (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 archive of CITES meetings

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