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Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

Tenth Meeting of the Plants Committee and Sixteenth Meeting of the Animals Committee

Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA, 11 - 15 December 2000


On the first day of the 10th Meeting of the Plants Committee and the 16th Meeting of the Animals Committee held at the US Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, delegates met in plenary sessions to hear opening statements, adopt regional reports and initiate technical discussions of agenda items.

Click here for ENB's coverage of: Second Joint Meeting of the Animals and Plants Committees



Marinus Hoogmoed, the Netherlands, Chair of the Animals Committee,welcomed participants and thanked former Chair Hank Jenkins for his work. Hoogmoed discussed meeting attendance, the role of regional representatives and NGOs, and the importance of a biological foundation for discussions. CITES Secretary General Wijnstekers stressed the need to strive for equal voice for all regions and to address implementation in both developing and developed countries.

NGO's observe the day's proceedings


Willem Wijnstekers said many species subject to the significant trade review process will be discussed during this meeting


Hank Jenkins, Creative Conservation Solutions, presented an overview of captive breeding types and assessment of current CITES source codes for Appendix II species.

Susan Lieberman, North America representative for the Animals Committee, highlighted the North America regional group’s coordination on, inter alia, the review of Appendices, trade in hard corals, and trade in freshwater turtles and tortoises in Southeast Asia


Malan Lindeque, Chief, Scientific Coordination Unit, CITES Secretariat


Kim Howell, Regional Representative for Africa highlighted communications problems within Africa group members; trade permits; monitoring of individual species; enforcement with regards to animals being exported; and the relationship between scientific and management authorities


Delegates share ideas over coffee

Robert Atkinson, Anti-Cruelty League


Thomas Althaus, Switzerland


Local Wildlife


Plants Committee Chair Margarita Clemente, Spain, welcomed participants and identified topics to be addressed by the Committee, including: implementation of strategic and action plans; provision of scientifically-based advice for drafting proposals; development of regional directories of botanists; implementation of new resolutions on significant trade and identification manuals; and review of the biological and trade status of listed plants. She called for budgetary caution and highlighted the need to increase regional cooperation. Several participants stressed that funding and communication problems hinder regional representatives from carrying out their duties. Members adopted the agenda, and the rules of procedure, admitted fifteen observers, and accepted Malaysia�s offer to host the next meeting, probably in early September 2001.



Greg Leach, Australia, stated that no regional meeting had been held for Oceania and emphasized CITES implementation and capacity building problems in the region

John Donaldson, South Africa, said Africa had held no regional meetings, but that a list of scientific authorities was being compiled. He highlighted the Southern African Botanical Network and a proposal to downlist Styngeria to Appendix II


Ronald Orenstein, IWC 

The US, with the UK, Germany and the International Wildlife Coalition (IWC) questioned motives for, and implications of, creating intermediate source codes given non-detrimental trade criteria


The Secretariat presented on the definition of �artificially propagated� in relation to timber. On standard exemptions for derivatives of species the Asia representative sought clarification on the exemption of seeds.

Ger van Vliet, Secretariat pointed out that seeds were previously exempted because of identification difficulties.

A delegate investigates the ingredients of a lunchtime snack



Fernando Emilio Olave Ortiz, Chile



A Workshop on the trade and use of Guaiacum sanctum was held by the University of Maryland

Second Joint Meeting of the Animals and Plants Committees, homepage.
General Information from the CITES website.
ENB's coverage of CITES COP-11
Agenda of the Plants Committee.
Agenda of the Animals Committee.
CITES homepage.

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