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

Second Joint Meeting of the Animals and Plants Committees

Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA, 7-9 December 2000

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 | Friday, 08 Dec | Saturday, 09 Dec |

On Thursday, participants to the Second Joint Meeting of Committees met in Plenary to hear opening statements, address organizational matters and initiate discussions of the review of the criteria for amendments of Appendices I and II, as contained in Resolution 9.24 (ACPC.1.6).

Delegates reviewed proposals forwarded by the Criteria Working Group (CWG) for the operative part of Resolution 9.24. Delegates discussed: cases in which a species is or may be affected by trade; cases where international trade does not require the involvement of CITES because there is a negligible risk that the species will qualify for listing in Appendix II; cases where highlighting the rarity of a species by listing it in Appendix I or II might have adverse conservation effects; and the right of parties to submit a proposal for Appendix I listing or for zero quota of a species reviewed under the resolution on significant trade.

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Susan Lieberman, North America representative for the Animals Committee in the Criteria Working Group and Vice-Chair of the Animals Committee opened the Second Joint Meeting and welcomed participants. 

The bald eagle, America's national bird (opposite). This particular specimen was poisoned, an example of the impact of human behavior, one of the topics of this meeting


Opening Plenary

Interpretive display at the National Conservation Training Center

Jamie Rappaport Clark, Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, welcomed the Plants and Animals Committees to their first meeting held in the US. She highlighted the importance of reviewing the CITES criteria for the proper listing of species. With 152 State parties, CITES is the largest international conservation treaty.

Hank Jenkins


Hank Jenkins


Hank Jenkins, CWG Chair, introduced the recommendations forwarded by the Criteria Working Group.

Rick Lemon


Margarita Clemente


Rick Lemon, Director of the Nature Conservation Training Center (NCTC), welcomed participants to the new NCTC facility

Plants Committee Chair Margarita Clemente (Spain), highlighted increase participation in the Plants Committee.


Susan Lieberman, North America representative for the Animals Committee in the Criteria Working Group and Vice-Chair of the Animals Committee in discussion with Kurt Johnson, USA



Marinus Hoogmoed, the Netherlands, Chair of the Animals Committee, thanked the NCTC and welcomed participants. He stressed the need to focus discussions on science and avoid political debates

Ronald Orenstein


Ronald Orenstein, International Widlife Coalition.

Willem Wijnstekers


Kurt Johnson


Willem Wijnstekers, CITES Secretary General, stressed the importance of reviewing CITES criteria to ensure clarity, sustainability and consistency with conservation needs and to avoid conflicting interpretation. 

Kurt Johnson, USA, on Annex 5 guildlines.


An interior view of an NCTC exhibit hall

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