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28th Meeting of the Animals Committee (AC28) of the
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

30 August - 3 September 2015 | Tel Aviv, Israel


Highlights for Monday, 31 August 2015

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The 28th Meeting of the Animals Committee (AC28) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) opens in Tel-Aviv, Israel (Copyright John Scanlon)

L-R: Carolina Caceres, CITES Animals Committee Chair,
and Tom De Meulenaer, CITES Chief of Scientific Services. (© John Scanlon)

CITES AC28 On Monday, CITES AC28 continued discussions. In the morning, participants addressed snake trade and conservation management issues as well as ways of harmonizing traceability standards across different CITES-traded products. They also discussed sharks and the request by Parties for greater guidance on the making of Non-Detriment Findings, in particular for situations where little or no biological or trade data is available, and where sharks are caught as by-catch.

In the afternoon, the AC considered the periodic review of species included in Appendices I and II as well as the report of the intersessional working group on the periodic review of species included in Appendices I and II. Species reported on included the African lion, two puma species, helmeted honeyeater, Coxen’s fig parrot, hooded parrot, Norfolk boobook, tuatara species, Indochinese box turtle, Vietnamese pond turtle and the now-thought extinct Sampson's pearly mussel species.

Several working groups were established, which will meet starting Tuesday morning.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web updates and a summary and analysis report from the 28th Meeting of the Animals Committee (AC) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Our summary and analysis report is available in HTML and PDF. Available in ENB Mobile at: http://enb.iisd.mobi/cites-ac28/


Nadia Berny, CITES Meetings & Conference Assistant, the new “Maritza”


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