Highlights and images for 20 August 2019



Highlights for Tuesday, 20 August 2019

A rhino statue is awarded to individuals involved in wildlife law enforcement.

Committee II did not get their requested disco ball but managed to rock and roll through the items assigned to its agenda. Many parties reaffirmed the importance of demand reduction in combating illegal wildlife trade. With livelihoods and rural communities gaining greater attention within CITES, Committee II accepted the potential focus on livelihoods of indigenous peoples and rural and local communities in a future World Wildlife Day.The Committee also expressed support for youth engagement in CITES, with many parties sharing their own experiences.On guidance for making legal acquisition findings, parties recognized that non-binding guiding principles in the draft resolution would be an important resource for management authorities, while others appreciated that the resolution clearly identifies tasks for importing states.In Committee I, there was talk about the importance of “singing for love," as delegates addressed the plight of songbirds. The US highlighted the declining numbers of songbirds due to multiple threats. She mentioned the illegal trade for singing competitions and gave an example of a recent seizure of songbirds in the US bound for such competitions. Therefore, she said, a further study on the trade and conservation status of songbirds was needed, though many species are not currently CITES-listed. She thus encouraged parties to consider Appendix III listings. Benin, with Senegal and Ukraine, expressed strong support of the songbird document and its proposed workshop. Bird Life International echoed this support, stating that proactive work has been done for other non-CITES listed species in the past which can help inform conservation management. Bird Life International added that action should not be delayed where species status is already known. Chair Rod Hay struck a working group, chaired by the EU, to review and revise draft decisions proposed by the US.On great apes, many highlighted the serious threats facing populations, including from the trade in exotic pets that are advertised openly online. The Committee established a drafting group, chaired by the US, to review reporting obligations on great apes to the Standing Committee and Conference of Parties.Malaysia requested all parties to adopt legislation and controls to eliminate poaching of helmeted hornbill and trade in parts, calling on consumer states especially to monitor markets and take enforcement action as needed. Committee I established a working group to review the proposed amendments.On African cherry, Plants Committee Chair Sinclair stated that specific funding has not been secured for a proposed workshop but that the work could be incorporated into a regional meeting in Africa. The EU, as a main importer of African cherry bark, stated his support of this document and the continued work on data collection for more sustainable management of the species. Committee I agreed to the document with minor amendments.Committee I continued meeting into the evening, where it began to cover species listing proposals based on periodic review.

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Committee I: Species-Specific Matters
Discussions continue for species-specific matters.
Cecilia Lougheed, Canada
Nestor Waliwa, Central African Republic
Augustin Ngumbi Amuri, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Julie Sherman, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Kenneth Er, Singapore
Klamon Haktouin, Chad
Volodymyr Domashlinets, Ukraine
Ian Redmond, International Primate Protection League
Calvin Bernard, Guyana
José Alberto Alvarez Lemus, Cuba
Charles Barber, World Resources Institute
John Bennett, International Association of Violin and Bow Makers
Committee II: Interpretation and Implementation Matters
Delegates in plenary as the discussions continue.
Patience Gandiwa, Zimbabwe
Ida Sletsjøe, Norway
Layaly Camara, Guinea
Obaid Ali Al Shamsi, United Arab Emirates
Peter Fredrick Moll, World Leaders of Today
Cécile Tang, Youth for Wildlife Conservation
Hesiquio Benítez Díaz, Mexico
Carlos Mario Orrego Vásquez, Costa Rica
Chair Craig Hoover, US
Sasikumar Cherukulappurathu, India
Ilaria Di Silvestre, Eurogroup for Animals
Lisa Bradbury, Switzerland
Craig Potter, San Diego Zoo Global
Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards
The Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards are presented to persons who have engaged in one or more exemplary law enforcement actions to protect species of wildlife listed in the Appendices of the Convention.
Will Travers, Species Survival Network (SSN)
D.J. Schubert, Animal Welfare Institute
CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero
Recipients of the Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards
Around the Venue
Melanie Virtue, Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) Secretariat, speaks with Karen Baird, Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), and Juney Ward, Samoa.
Delegates from South Africa.
Delegates from the Russian Federation.
Delegates between sessions.
Delegates from Bangladesh consult informally.
CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero speaks with a delegate.


Negotiating blocs
European Union
Non-state coalitions