Highlights and images for 3 October 2018

Russian Federation


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