Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Participants of CITES COP17 in a meeting

Participants of CITES COP17 in a meeting

The CITES  (Convention of international trade in endangered species of Flora and Fauna)  COP17, which is meeting in South Africa since 23rd September until  5th  October has agreed to transfer all the eight Pangolins species to Appendix 1. The decision to transfer all the African Pangolin species to Appendix 1 was done yesterday, during the proceedings of committees at Sandton Convention Center, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Witnessing the agreement, the head of CITES implementation in Kenya Mr. Solomon Kyalo says that this agreement will give the Pangolin full protection against international trade by eliminating any question on the legality of trade. It is assumed that this will make it harder for criminals to traffic them Sand also increase consequences to those who are to trade on Pangolins.

Parties must therefore move swiftly to enforce the decision on the illegality of the Pangolin trade in saving the survival. Illegal trade will continue to threaten Pangolins as long as demand for their meat and scales persist, until enforcement by Parties on the decision is activated.

Jacob Zuma, president of South Africa addressing participants of CITES COP17, at Sandton Convention Center, Johannesberg

Jacob Zuma, president of South Africa addressing participants of CITES COP17, at Sandton Convention Center, Johannesberg

Anti -Poaching and Anti-trafficking efforts need to be strengthened in reducing demand for illegal Wildlife products in countries like China, Vietnam etc.

The proposal on Pangolins had been introduced by Senegal and Nigeria at (COP17. PROP.12) to transfer the Pangolin ( M. gigantea ), the South African Pangolin (M. temminckii) the white long tailed Pangolin (M. tricuspis) and long tailed Pangolin (M.tetradactyla) FROM Appendix 11 to Appendix 1.

The COP17 noted that Pangolins are the World’s most trafficked Mammals, where Senegal underscored the importance of up listing all African and Asian Pangolins to avoid look-alike issue at customs.

While at the meeting, COTE D’VOIRE noted with concern that the collapse of Asian Pangolin spopulations has triggered an increased demand from African species.

Kenyan deletes in a morning meeting before joining pre nerdy meetings, side events and bilaterals

Kenyan deletes in a morning meeting before joining pre nerdy meetings, side events and bilaterals

The Kenyan delegation to South Africa for CITES COP17 is led by Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu and Principal Secretary, Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima. Other Delegates for CITES are, Ministry officials, NGOs, Community conservationists etc.

ANGOLA,TOGO, KENYA, GABON, LIBERIA, SOUTH AFRICA, CAMEROON, The US, COLOMBIA, TANZANIA, REBUPLIC OF KOREA,MALI and TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, supported the proposal.

For more information on CTES COP17 go to   http://www.iisd.ca/cites/cop17/

 

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