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Photos and RealAudio of 19 April

On Wednesday, delegates met in Committee I during the morning to complete their work. Plenary convened during the afternoon to review and adopt the work of Committee I, Committee II and the Budget Committee, and to elect new members of the Standing Committee, the Nomenclature Committee and the two technical Committees.

Committee I
IRAN presented its amendment to resolution 10.12 (Conf. 11.16) indicating that since COP-10, range States are unable to develop a sturgeon strategy as directed by this resolution. The Secretariat offered to assist with the strategy and with this amendment, the decision was adopted.

Secretary-General Wijnstekers took a moment to welcome the CITES family's latest addition, Kazakhstan, who officially joined the convention today.


BUDGET COMMITTEE: Budget Committee Chair Stansell presented the Secretariat financing and budgeting (Com. 11.21). He noted that the Budget Committee accepted the financial reports for 1997, 1998 and 1999 (Doc. 11.10.1.Rev.1), and took note of the estimated expenditures for 2000 (Doc. 11.10.2). He added that the Committee had approved a 26.53% budget increase, but noted that it fell short of the Secretariat's requested biennium budget. In order to balance between the need for increased staffing and increased programme activities, the Budget Committee reduced the number of approved posts from seven to five and noted the need to apply available funds to such priority issues as capacity building, enforcement and regional coordination as they become available.

REPORT OF COMMITTEE II: Committee II Chair Veit Koester outlined the status of proposals considered by the Committee, a majority of which were adopted with few amendments
REPORT OF COMMITTEE I: Chair Margarita Clemente reported on the Committee's work and overviewed documents and proposals considered by delegate and adopted by the Plenary.

Press conference: Gemany donates equipment to Kenya Wildlife Service

Gila Altmann, Head of the German delegation (second from the right) held a press conference to announce a donation in kind to the Kenya Wildlife Service (represented here by Nehemiah Rotich, Head of the KWS). Among the items donated were 800 pairs of boots, work clothes, flashlights and other equipment essential for park wardens, for a total value of US$50,000. The donation was arranged and coordinated by Care For the Wild, represented here by its director Roland Witschel (far left). Standing behind the table are members of the KWS.

ENB writer Wagaki Mwangi interviewing Jim Armstrong, Deputy Secretary-General of CITES.

An air of ambivalence hangs over COP-11 in respect to its success, with delegates cautious to claim victory. While many acknowledge that important milestones have been achieved in the development of criteria, systems and legislation, real success or failure seems to be measured on the basis of uplisting or downlisting of species in Appendices. Many delegates champion the compromise reached by the Africans on the elephant issue, having anticipated a battle, and tout the rejection of proposals to downlist Minke and Grey Whale populations as a success. Despite this, the lurking possibility that proposals on the Hawksbill Turtle, Basking Shark and Minke Whale will resurface during the last Plenary leave many anxious.

Above: at the UN compound at Gigiri, buildings are not separated
by closed corridors, instead they are linked by open breezeways.

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