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Fifty-eighth meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Standing Committee (SC58)

6-10 July 2009 | Geneva, Switzerland

Highlights for Tuesday, 7 July 2009
Lac Léman in Geneva.
The 58th Session of the Standing Committee (SC58) of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) continued deliberations today in Geneva, Switzerland.

The SC met in plenary throughout the day, addressing cooperation with the World Trade Organization, national wildlife trade policy reviews, the review of Resolutions, national reports, the Review of Significant Trade, e-commerce of specimens of CITES listed species, the outcome of the international expert workshop on non-detriment findings (NDF), and the criteria for the amendment of Appendices I and II.

Whereas some issues such as the recommendations from experts for making NDFs for different groups of species were welcomed and supported by a majority, others, such as the re-opening of the RST for some species found general opposition.

Discussions on the criteria for the amendment of Appendices turned into a lively debate regarding the Secretariat's and the FAO's diverging interpretations of the terms used in Res. Conf. 9.24 (Criteria for amendment of Appendices I and II). Although some parties called on making the most out of the expertise available in this meeting and proposing a way forward on this issue, the SC decided to refer this debate to CoP15.
Laurent Gauthier (left), CITES Secretariat, presents the proposed review of Resolutions.
L-R: Gunn Paulsen and Liv-Stephanie Haug (Norway)
Muna Faraj (Kuwait)
Alexander Okhanov (Russian Federation) suggested creating a working group on the inclusion of beluga sturgeon in the Review of Significant Trade.
Alejandra García-Naranjo (Mexico) presented the results of the International Expert Workshop on Non-detriment Findings.
Robert L. Gable (right) (US) suggests an amendment to the proposed review of Resolutions.
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