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Photos and RealAudio of 18 April

On Tuesday, Committee I reviewed proposals on, inter alia, Musk Deer, Dugong, the Hawksbill Turtle and sharks. Committee II discussed proposals on introduction from the sea, caviar and micro-chips.

Committee I

Uplisting the Australian Dugong:

SWITZERLAND opposed the uplisting citing little evidence of illegal trade, and questioned the need to have the species listed under CITES at all.

BOLIVIA withdrew its proposal to downlist Appendix I populations of Vicuña (Prop. 11.27). He noted that live shearing ensures sustainable use of the specimen. Delegates adopted another proposal eliminating the zero-quota applicable to Appendix II Vicuna species (Prop. 11.28).
The US presented, as alternatives to its joint proposal to uplist the Musk Deer (Prop. 11.29), a draft decision and resolution (Com. 11.12, 13) providing for, inter alia, trade monitoring by the Standing and Animals Committees, Parties' efforts to reduce trade, alternatives to musk and financial assistance to range States. The decision and resolution were adopted.
URIAL: GERMANY introduced an amended proposal to list the Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Pakistan Urial sub-species on Appendix I and the Iran, Afghanistan, and Kazakhstan sub-species on Appendices II (Prop. 11.30). The proposal was adopted after amendment.
PAKISTAN opposed Germany's proposal on the urial.


CUBA withdrew a joint proposal to downlist this species allowing for an initial export to Japan of its existing stockpile and an annual quota of 500 specimens after this (Prop. 11.40). She instead urged Parties to support another proposal allowing for only a one-off sale with Japan (Prop. 11.41). She said specimens found in Cuban waters do not warrant listing in Appendix I and noted the work of the national management programme had prevented illegal trade.

Hungary opposed, calling for a regional management scheme and more trade controls
BAHAMAS opposed the downlisting of the Hawksbill Turtle, citing the risk incumbent with downlisting the whole population in Appendix II, especially since migratory habits render its management difficult on the national level.
CANADA also opposed the downlisting of the Hawksbill Turtle, citing the threat of illegal trade
Below: Except during secret votes, delegates voted by a show of name cards.

A series of close votes today revealed clear divisions on certain issues. Some speculated that the rejection of the Hawksbill Turtle proposal by a mere four votes would not leave delegates satisfied or resolve this contentious issue. Certain delegates intimated that this issue is bound to be re-visited in Plenary

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