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69th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International
Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

27 November - 1 December 2017 | Geneva, Switzerland

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Soumitra Dasgupta and Debabrata Swain, India, receive an award from John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES, and Carolina Caceres, SC69 Chair, Canada, for “Operation Save Kurma,” one of the largest seizures of live tortoises and turtles in South Asia to date

CITES On Thursday, participants reconvened in Geneva for the fourth day of the 69th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee (CITES SC69). When not meeting in in-session working groups, parties worked in plenary to tackle outstanding agenda items, including: cooperation with other biodiversity related conventions; review of the resolution on consideration of proposals for the transfer of the African elephant from Appendix I to Appendix II; and cooperation under the 2006 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between CITES and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), with special reference to the scientific and technical evaluation of listing proposals for commercially exploited aquatic species.

In deliberations on marine species listings, Secretary-General Scanlon outlined cooperative work between the FAO and the Secretariat, as well as close work with Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs), highlighting the “collegiality” as well as “breadth and depth” of the FAO-CITES relationship. During the day, the SC addressed the difficulties the Secretariat has faced in determining which of multiple authorities claiming to be Management Authorities in a party is authorized to communicate with other parties and with the Secretariat and represent a party at CITES meetings. On the implementation of the Convention, participants underscored that adequate national legislation is critical for regulating legal trade and combating illegal trade. SC69 also considered, among other issues, illegal trade in eels, rosewood timber species, and tortoises and freshwater turtles.

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Morning Plenary


View of the dais during morning plenary


Carolina Caceres, Standing Committee (SC) Chair, Canada

 John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES


Kumara Wakjira, Ethiopia

Craig Hoover, US

Hirohide Matsushima, Japan


Vanesa Tossenberger, Argentina

Solomon Kyalo, Kenya



Hélène Perier, EU

Firdaus Agung, Indonesia


Abednico Leano Macheme, Botswana

Jaques Berney, IWMC World Conservation Trust

Augustin Ngumbi Amuri, Democratic Republic of the Congo


Kim Friedman, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

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



Afternoon Plenary


View of the dais during afternoon plenary


Levente Kőrösi, Hungary

Haruko Okusu, CITES Secretariat


Charles Tumwesigye, Uganda

Andrea Gruber, International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Chizamsoka Manda, Malawi


María Elena Sánchez Saldaña, Species Survival Network (SSN)

Blamah Sando Goll, Liberia



Rob Parry-Jones, WWF International

Nunes Tómas Mazivile, Mozambique


Jintana Nugranad, Thailand

Bill Clark, Israel

Maurice Isaacs, the Bahamas


Fernando Escobar Pacheco, Bolivia

Sara Yalle Paredes, Peru



Soumitra Dasgupta and Debabrata Swain, India, receive an award for “Operation Save Kurma,”
one of the largest seizures of live tortoises and turtles in South Asia to date


Delegates applaud India for their achievements


Around the Venue


Delegates from China


Delegates from Chad

Delegates from Saudi Arabia


Delegates read the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) website



Francisco Rilla, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), speaks with Øystein Størkersen, Norway

Adrianne Sinclair, Canada, Chair of Plants Committee, consults with Mathias Lörtscher, Switzerland, Chair of the Animals Committee


Susan Lieberman, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and Glenn Sant, TRAFFIC

Tom De Meulenaer, CITES Secretariat, speaks with Ali Laouel Abbagana, Niger


A delegate from Spain reads the CITES guide for law enforcement agencies to combat illegal trade of Asian big cats




Delegates between sessions





Snowfall outside the venue



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