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CITES: Fourteenth Conference of the Parties

3-15 June 2007 | The Hague, the Netherlands

Highlights for Tuesday, 12 June 2007

The fourteenth Conference of the Parties (CoP14) to CITES convened in two committees throughout the day. Several drafting and working groups also met. Committee I, inter alia, addressed ivory trade, mahogany and freshwater turtles. Committee II, inter alia, adopted decisions on introduction from the sea, great apes and electronic permitting. A Friends of the Chair group on elephants and ivory trade continued informal consultations into the night.

Committee I

Morning Session

  Francisco Garcia Garcia, Chair of the Bigleaf Mahogany Working Group, Mexico.   Edgardo Lizárraga Leguía, Peru.    
  Folchert R. van Dijken, the Netherlands, presented the results of the working group on sea cucumbers   Oystein Storkerson, Norway, opposed the proposal on sea cucumbers, cautioning that it would expand CITES' scope to species management.   Veronica Toral Granda, Ecuador, on behalf of several GRULAC countries, supported the proposal on sea cucumbers.  
  Tom Milliken, Director of TRAFFIC East and Southern Africa, presented the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS) report.   Wan Ziming, China, stated that information in the ETIS report relating to China's national legislation and trade controls was misleading.   Rapelang Mojaphoko, Botswana, highlighted the role of good governance in curbing illegal ivory trade.  

Afternoon Session

  Maria Mbengashe, South Africa, highlighted common ground found during negotiations on conservation of elephants and their role in economic development.   Jochen Flasbarth, Germany on behalf of the EU, highlighted the charismatic appeal of elephants all over the world, but reiterated that while other countries may help by facilitating discussions, the core issues should be solved by African countries.   Willem Konjore, Minister of Enviroment and Tourism, Namibia, highlighted livelihood and conservation benefits of the ivory trade, calling on parties to support its proposal.  
  Patrick Omondi, Kenya, agreed that finding practical common ground would be preferable to applying different solutions in different parts of Africa.   Cristian Maquieira, Chile, supported Kenya's proposal for an adjournment to allow continued negotiations on ivory trade.    
  Committee I Chair Greg Leach, Australia.   Hesiquio Benítez, Mexico, presented revised decisions on hawksbill turtle.    

Committee II

Morning Session

  Fernando Baeriswyl Rada, Chile.   Chang-Hee Lee, Republic of Korea.   Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS.  
  Ronasit Maneesai, Thailand, noted his country’s intention to continue efforts to combat illegal trade in great apes.   Ofir Drori, Cameroon, noted the potential negative effect of Gabon’s export quota of gorilla heads and hands on neighboring countries.  

Afternoon Session

  Michael Müller-Boge, Germany on behalf of the EU.   Craig Hoover, US.  


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