Highlights and images of main proceedings for 3 October 2018

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Highlights for Wednesday, 3 October 2018

A display showcasing Russia's biodiversity outside the venue

CITES SC70 The 70th meeting of the Standing Committee (SC) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) reconvened for a marathon session on a rainy day in Rosa Khutor, Russian Federation. In the morning, participants dove into elephant issues. The CITES Secretariat emphasized the need to continue to ban domestic ivory markets, to consider unintended effects of bans, the need to effectively regulate online markets, and enforce existing laws. It also highlighted a drop in the number of ivory seizures in 2017, noting however that the level of poaching remains of concern, especially in central Africa. Several countries reported on national efforts and international collaborations to control trade in elephant specimens. The discussion on Asian Big Cats brought to the fore the emerging illegal trade in jaguar and their parts. Brazil and Peru noted that the Asian demand for tiger parts is driving a trade in jaguar parts, including in Bolivia. The afternoon and evening sessions continued with discussions, among others, on:

  • the African lion, and the SC supporting the announcement by the CMS Secretariat to convene the Second Meeting of Range States for the Joint Convention on Migratory Species/CITES African Carnivores Initiative in November 2018;
  • new resolutions on Strategic Vision and Establishment of Committees;
  • annotations; and
  • engagement with rural communities.
  • 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.

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    Morning Session
    Delegates during the morning session
    Ha Thi Mai Trang, Viet Nam
    Carolina Caceres, SC Chair, Canada
    Manmohan Singh Negi, India
    Roseline Mandisodza-Chikerema, Zimbabwe
    Mateus Mutemba, Mozambique
    Sarah Foster, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
    Yap Him Hoo, Singapore
    Kumara Wakjira, Ethiopia
    Elisante Ombeni Leguma, Tanzania
    Afternoon Session
    View of the dais during the afternoon session
    Elaine Kendall, UK
    Narcisse Lambert Mbarga, Cameroon
    Leigh Henry, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
    Mark Jones, Born Free Foundation
    Tae-Kwon Noh, Republic of Korea
    Steven Johnson, International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)
    Vanesa Tossenberger, Argentina
    Heather Noonan, League of American Orchestras
    Susan Lieberman, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
    Observer delegates raise their placards to join working groups
    Evening Session
    Delegates during the evening session
    Elly Hamunyela, Namibia
    Levente Kőrösi, Hungary
    Melissa Blue Sky, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
    Lise Jubinville, Canada
    Around the Venue
    Delegates in plenary before the start of the meeting
    Delegates from the EU discuss a document
    Interviews take place around the venue
    José Funes and Hesiquio Benítez Díaz, Mexico
    Delegates between sessions
    Delegates huddle informally during the meeting
    Delegates meet informally


    Negotiating blocs
    European Union