Highlights and images for 5 October 2018

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Highlights for Friday, 5 October 2018

David Morgan, CITES Secretariat, and Sevvandi Jayakody, Sri Lanka, officially unveil the CITES CoP18 logo

CITES SC70 Participants to the 70th meeting of the Standing Committee (SC) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) met for the final day of deliberations. SC Chair Carolina Caceres shepherded delegates through the remaining agenda items and reports of working groups.Highlights include the SC decisions:

  • On Eels (Anguilla spp.), to encourage range states along with aquaculture, transit and consumer parties to build on the successes of existing enforcement efforts through cross-border as well as cross-agency collaboration and sharing of intelligence;
  • On disposal of confiscated specimens, to forward to the 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP18) draft decisions calling, inter alia, on the Secretariat to collect information on existing networks and resources on the management of seized and confiscated live animals and make it available to parties;
  • On Application of Article XIII in Nigeria, to agree that parties shall suspend commercial trade in specimens of the species Kosso Wood (P. erinaceus) from Nigeria until the party makes scientifically based non-detriment findings for trade in the species in the country to the satisfaction of the Secretariat and the Plants Committee Chair; and
  • On engagement of rural communities, to note the report of the working group in particular the lack of consensus on the recommendations, asking CoP18 whether to extend the mandate of the working group on how to engage rural communities in CITES processes and report to CoP19.
  • Parties and observers gave thanks to Chair Caceres and the Secretariat for managing such a large agenda.SC Chair Caceres concurred that it was one of the most difficult meetings to chair with a daunting agenda but gave much thanks to all participants for their flexibility and cooperation.She thanked the Secretariat, noting each person "does the work of five." The SC concluded with a look towards the next challenge ahead: CoP18 in Sri Lanka in 2019.

    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.

    Photos by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth

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    Morning Session
    View of the dais during the morning session
    Carolina Caceres, SC Chair, Canada
    Levente Kőrösi, Hungary
    Elly Hamunyela, Namibia
    José Funes, Mexico
    Sonja Meintjes, South Africa
    Jonathan Kolby, US
    He Jingxin, China
    Gerhard Adams, Germany
    Donald John Schubert, Animal Welfare Institute
    María Elena Sánchez Saldaña, Species Survival Network (SSN)
    Launching of CoP18
    The CITES CoP18 website is officially launched
     Daniel Fernando, Sri Lanka
    Sevvandi Jayakody, Sri Lanka
    Members of the CITES Secretariat with the Sri Lanka delegation responsible for CITES CoP18
    Afternoon Session
    View of the dais during the opening session
    Ursula Moser, Switzerland
    João Loureiro, Portugal
    Mercedes Roman Nuñez, Spain
    Basile van Havre, Canada
    Roseline Mandisodza-Chikerema, Zimbabwe
    François Busson, EU
    Members of the Standing Committee
    The meeting is gavelled to a close
    Carolina Caceres, SC Chair, Canada, and David Morgan, CITES Secretariat
    Around the Venue
    Nadia Berny, CITES Secretariat (center), with the conference volunteers
    Delegates from Italy
    Delegates from Australia
    Delegates from Austria
    Delegates speak informally
    Delegates between sessions
    The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) team covering SC70: Tanya Rosen, Italy; Vijay Kolinjivadi, Canada; Mandy Rude, US; and Kiara Worth, South Africa


    Negotiating blocs
    European Union