Today, the Intergroup on Welfare and Conservation of Animals met to discuss the proposals and working documents submitted by the Parties and the EU’s strategic objectives for the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), to be held in Johannesburg (South Africa) from 24 September to 5 October 2016.
Intergroup Vice-President Keith Taylor (Greens/EFA, UK) gave an update on the ENVI draft motion for a resolution on the EU strategic objectives for the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) that will be voted on next week in Environment Committee, and will go to plenary in September 2016.
“The ENVI-draft resolution welcomes the EU’s first participation to the CITES CoP meeting as a contracting party. The resolution enables the European Commission, on behalf of the European Union, to express a coherent EU-position on CITES matters and to play a substantial role in negotiations”, Keith Taylor – one of the motion’s co-rapporteurs – said. “The Resolution calls the EU and its Member States to apply the precautionary principle in all their decisions on working documents and listing proposals. It also supports proposals that aim to protect vulnerable species, such as African elephants, African lions, tigers, all eight pangolin species, the nautilus, and reptile-, amphibian-, mammal-, bird and fish species exploited in the exotic pet trade, as well as rosewood”
The aim of CITES is to ensure that international trade in wild animals and plants is not a threat to the survival of the species in the wild. CITES regulates international trade in more than 35 000 plants and animals species which are or might become threatened by such trade. The CITES CoP is the governing body of the Convention, which usually meets every three years.
Ilaria Di Silvestre, Programme Leader Wildlife at Eurogroup for Animals presented recommendations on some submitted proposals and working documents: “We welcome the ambitious set of proposals submitted by the EU, and also the important calls of the European Parliament included in the draft motion for a resolution, which we urge ENVI-Members to support” she said. “We also strongly recommend Member States to support the proposals to list the whole African lion and elephant populations in Appendix I, to halt and reverse the unprecedented decline these populations are facing through the strict control of international trade”. Further details on other proposals have also been provided.
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