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Fifteenth meeting of the Plants Committee & Twenty-first meeting of the Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
17-25 May 2005 | Geneva, Switzerland

ENB Summary 1


ENB Summary 2


The 21st meeting of the Animals Committee (AC-21) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) convened from 20-25 May 2005, in Geneva, Switzerland. On 20 and 21 May, a joint session with the 15th session of CITES Plants Committee (PC-15) was held.

The Animals Committee (AC) discussed 23 agenda items on issues including: the implementation of the Strategic Vision until 2007 and the establishment of priorities; the review of trade in animal species included in the Appendices and significant trade in Appendix II species; transport of live animals; and trade in sea cucumbers, sharks and great apes.

The joint session addressed issues of common interest to both Committees, including: the Strategic Vision and Plan until 2013; the review of Scientific Committees and regional communication; the study of production systems for specimens of CITES-listed species; and the Addis Ababa Principles and Guidelines for the Sustainable Use of Biodiversity adopted by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). For the Earth Negotiations Bulletin’s summary report of the joint session, please see:

Participants to AC-21 had the task of performing a review of significant trade (RST) for a large number of species. They completed this task with great effort, showing both the thorough approach of the new RST process and the fact that there is still room for improvement. Decisions were made on numerous issues, including: prioritizing decisions of the Conference of the Parties (COP) resolutions and decisions directed to the AC; implementing the Action Plan until 2007; and identifying species for RST and periodic reviews. However, most of the contentious issues, such as sharks and transport of live animals were not resolved at this stage and referred to intersessional working groups, which will present results at AC-22 in 2006, where recommendations will be adopted for COP-14. (Read more).

Margarita Clemente, Chair of the Plants Committee
Mexican delegation
Plants Committee in session
Plants Committee in session
Plants Committe members
Plants Committee Participants
Thomas Althaus (Switzerland) and Margarita Clemente (Spain) co-chaired the Joint Session of the Animals and Plants Committees
Thomas Althaus (Switzerland), Chair of the Animals Committee
Scientific Committees representatives from Africa
Scientific Committees representatives from Central and South America and the Caribbean
Scientific Committees representatives for North America and Oceania
Scientific Committees representatives from Asia
The status of Saker falcon (Falco cherrug) was analyzed by the Animals Committee. Photographer: Ian Britton add a (c) to the image alt tag.
The status of testudo graeca in Lebanon was analysed by the Animals Committee
Relevant Links

CITES homepage
Animals Committee
Plants Committee
ENB's coverage of CITES: Thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties
ENB Summary report of the Twentieth meeting of the Animals Committee: English (HTML, PDF, TEXT) French (HTML, PDF, TEXT)
ENB Summary report of the Fourteenth meeting of the Plants Committee: English (HTML, PDF, TEXT) French (HTML, PDF, TEXT)
ENB Coverage of meetings on Biodiversity and Wildlife

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