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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 Thursday, 9 July 2009

The 58th Session of the Standing Committee (SC58) of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) entered its second to last day of deliberations in Geneva, Switzerland. The SC proceeded smoothly through the day’s agenda items, which focused on species trade and conservation.

Discussions on rhinoceroses, bigleaf mahogany and tigers were the highlights of the day’s deliberations. Many delegates expressed deep concern about the recent increase of poaching and illegal trade in rhinoceroses, and the Secretariat referred to the issue as the most pressing criminal activity facing CITES.

Peru outlined many domestic initiatives taken to fulfill SC57’s recommendations on its trade in mahogany, while TRAFFIC questioned recent developments in Peru.

On Asian big cats, the SC decided that the CoP mandate of convening a tiger trade enforcement meeting and the development of a conservation strategy workshop (Decision 14.70) could be achieved at the General Assembly of the Global Tiger Forum, scheduled to take place in February 2010.
Delegates enjoyed a boat cruise on Lake Léman, hosted by Secretary-General Wijnstekers
Stephen Nash (left) announced that the new “wiki” identification manual will be available from 1 September 2009.
Peru noted actions undertaken on bigleaf mahogany.
L-R: Samuel Kasiki and Patrick Omondi (Kenya)
Delegates engaged in informal consultations.
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