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29th Meeting of the Animals Committee, Joint Meeting of the Animals and Plants Committees,
23rd Meeting of the Plants Committee of the Convention on International Trade
in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

18-27 July 2017 | Geneva, Switzerland

Highlights for Thursday, 20 July 2017

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CITES On Thursday, 20 July, the 29th meeting of the Animals Committee met in parallel working groups in the morning and early afternoon, in plenary in the late afternoon, and in a working group and a side event in the evening. Six working groups were held on: captive-bred and ranched specimens (chaired by AC Chair Mathias Lörtscher, Switzerland), periodic review (chaired by Rosemarie Gnam, US/North America), corals (co-chaired by Simon Nemtzov, Israel/Europe, and Giyanto Giyanto, Indonesia/Asia), freshwater stingrays (chaired by Marcel Enzo Calvar Agrelo, Uruguay), Banggai cardinalfish (chaired by Carolina Caceres, Canada/North America), and eels (chaired by Vin Fleming, UK/Europe).

Among other things, the working group on captive-bred and ranched specimens developed a list of species-country combinations to be addressed under the new process for review.

For the periodic review, participants identified 20 animal taxa to potentially review during the next two intersessional periods (from CoP17 to CoP19). They also explored funding options for, and ideas to facilitate, periodic reviews.

On corals, participants discussed terms of reference for intersessional work on corals and analyzed the outcomes of the CITES survey on coral conservation and trade.

Freshwater stingray working group members formulated recommendations on developing population trend models for freshwater stingrays.

The Banggai cardinalfish working group heard Indonesia’s initial progress report on the conservation of the species, and gave input on the Secretariat’s upcoming study on the impact of international trade.

In plenary, discussions were held on eels, the Black sea bottlenose dolphin, tortoises and freshwater turtles, and the African lion.

The eel working group met in the evening to discuss future CITES work on eels.

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Working Group on Captive Breeding

A bird's eye view of the meeting room during the working group on captive breeding

Chair Mathias Lörtscher, Switzerland

Paulo Carmo, Portugal

Sarah Kite, Cruelty Free International

Daniela Freyer, ProWildlife

Laura Noguchi, US

Chair Mathias Lörtscher, Switzerland, consulting informally with Gerald Benyr, Austria

Dan Challender, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Ronald Orenstein, Humane Society International, and Alejandra Goyenechea, Defenders of Wildlife

Working Group on Periodic Review

Room view during the working group on periodic review

Working Group on Corals

View of the working group on corals

Hiromi Shiraishi, TRAFFIC

Juan-Carlos Vasquez, CITES Secretariat

Working Group on Stingrays

Delegates in the working group on stingrays

Laura Cimo, US

Alejandra Goyenechea, Defenders of Wildlife

Working Group on Banggai Cardinalfish

View of the working group on Banggai cardinalfish

Svein A. Fossa, Ornamental Fish International

DJ Schubert, Animal Welfare Institute


View of the dais at the plenary

Clara Nobbe, Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)

Kaoru Ishii,
Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center

Around the Venue

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