A visitor uses a virtual reality headset to experience some of the environmental diversity of Russia
The 70th meeting of the Standing Committee (SC) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) continued addressing its lengthy agenda. Much of the morning was devoted to discussion on introduction from the sea (IFS) of sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis) by Japan and whether it has been adversely affected by commercial trade as described within Article 13 of the Convention. The SC sought positions by parties on remedial actions to be taken on technical matters on issuance of IFS certificates by Japan and whether the sei whale is being used for ‘primarily commercial purposes.’ The SC concluded that current IFS certificates for sei whale meat and blubber are being used partly for commercial purposes and are not in conformity with the Convention, and requested Japan take remedial legal actions, stop the departure of research vessels as well as the cessation of IFS certificates until SC71.
SC70 then considered the illegal trafficking of ebony and rosewood from Madagascar and concerns that disposal of stockpiles could stimulate further illegal trade.
During the lunch break, the Russian Federation hosted a side event on steps taken to conserve tigers, Amur and Persian leopards, and snow leopards.
During the remainder of the day, the SC considered:
trade in specimens bred in captivity or artificially propagated; and
the application of Article XIII to the Democratic Republic of Congo and the implementation of SC recommendations regarding quota management and issuance of export permits; management of trade of African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus) and illegal trade; and trade in Afrormosia (Pericopsis elata).
IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and a summary and analysis report from the 70th Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee.
Sue Fisher, speaking on behalf of Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Born Free Foundation, Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Eurogroup for Animals, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Humane Society International (HSI), Japan Wildlife Conservation Society (JWCS), Japan Tiger and Elephant Fund (JTEF), Pro Wildlife, Species Survival Network (SSN), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDC); and World Animal Protection
Klamon Haktouin, Chad, raises his placard to speak
Aurélie Flore Koumba Pambo, Gabon
Sonja Meintjes, South Africa
Noro Vololona Harimisa, Minister of Justice, Madagascar
Eugene Lapointe, IWMC World Conservation Trust
César Vigil Molina, Honduras
View of the dais during the afternoon plenary
Zhanqiang Wen, China
Adrianne Sinclair, Chair, CITES Plants Committee
Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim, Malaysia
Shereefa Al-Salem, Kuwait
Ji Wei, China Wildlife Conservation Association
Ronald Orenstein, HSI
Augustin Ngumbi Amuri, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Mathias Lörtscher, Switzerland
Tanya Sanerib, speaking on behalf of the CBD, Lewis and Clark Law School, WCS, WWF and NRDC
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