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Biodiversity Policy & Practice

Sixty-fifth meeting of the Standing Committee (SC65) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

7-11 July 2014 | Geneva, Switzerland

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Highlights for Tuesday, 8 July 2014
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CITES SC65The CITES Standing Committee reconvened on a rainy Tuesday morning to tackle a long agenda. Participants discussed capacity-building; national laws for implementation of the Convention, with the Secretariat noting that some Parties primarily require drafting support; and national reports, and particularly late submission or non-submission of national reports. Shortly before breaking for lunch, they heard the report on Asian Big Cats. The Secretariat highlighted the findings of the IUCN/TRAFFIC report that seizures are increasing and new forms of demand are emerging, with “wealth” replacing “health” as a primary consumer motivation, as tiger parts and derivatives are now less consumed for medicinal purposes and used more as exotic luxury products. Over the lunch break, a working group met to refine a list of recommendations for SC consideration.

In the afternoon, the discussion on Asian Big Cats resumed with Viet Nam noting that seizures had been made and that support was needed on the technical and financial fronts. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) said that skins from wild tigers are illegally traded in China and that there is also a licensed domestic trade in the skins of captive bred tigers. Participants then spent the rest of the afternoon discussing elephant issues, including: elephant conservation, illegal killing and ivory trade, disposal of ivory stocks and national ivory action plans.
L-R: Debbie Hahn, US, and Sue Lieberman, WCS
Delegates consulting informally
Issa Mariama Ali Omar, Niger
Wan Ziming, China
L-R: Sonja Meintjes and Thea Carroll, South Africa
Max Abensperg-Traun, Austria
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*IISD RS coverage of the Sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties of CITES (CoP16), 3-14 March 2013, Bangkok, Thailand

*IISD RS summary and analysis of CITES SC62, 23-27 July 2012, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary and analysis of the Twenty-sixth meeting of the CITES Animals Committee (AC26), Joint Meeting of the CITES Animals and Plants Committees and CITES Twentieth meeting of the Plants Committee (PC20), 15-20 March 2012, 22-24 March 2012 and 26-30 March 2012, Geneva, Switzerland and Dublin, Ireland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary and analysis of CITES SC61, 15-19 August 2011, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary and analysis of AC25, 18-22 July 2011, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary and analysis of PC19, 18-21 April 2011, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary and analysis of the CITES CoP15, 13-25 March 2010, Doha, Qatar (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS archive of CITES meetings

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