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CITES Working Table Summary

List of Participants

Lynda Maltby (Chair of Working Table), Canadian Wildlife Service
Teiko Saito (Co-Chair of Working Table), US Fish and Wildlife Service
José María Reyes (Co-Chair of Working Table), Dirección General de Vida Silvestre / INE
Jean R. Robillard, Canadian Wildlife Service
Marie-José Ribeyron, Environment Canada
Bertrand von Arx, Canadian Wildlife Service
Robert P. Jones, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Susan Lieberman, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Javier Alvarez, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Adrienne Stefan, Department of State
Nancy Daves, National Marine Fisheries Service
Don MacLauchlan, International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Andrea Gaski, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Gael Almeida, SEMARNAT
Federico J. Arce-Navarro, SEMARNAT
Rodrigo A. Medellín, Instituto de Ecología UNAM
Patricia Dávila-Aranda, UNAM
Patricia M. Dwyer, Canadian Wildlife Service

ISSUE/AGENDA ITEM No. 2: CITES Hawksbill Sea Turtle Dialogue (to be held in Mexico City, Mexico, in May 2001)

Action(s): US and Mexico will share their national reports as soon as they are completed.

Assigned to: US and Mexico

Proposed Completion date: 15th May 2001.

Recommendation for the Executive Table (if any): None

ISSUE/AGENDA ITEM No. 3: 17th Animals Committee Meeting

1.    Regional Report for AC17

2.    Registration of Appendix-I captive-breeding facilities

At AC16, a working group drafted a definition of the term “critically endangered”.  However, the     AC Chair has decided to create a new working group to revisit the issue.  The AC Chair has indicated that he will select the members of this new working group.  Because the next AC meeting will take place in Vietnam and many Parties will not be able to attend the meeting, the North America region agreed that it is important that there be good regional representation in the new working group.

3.    Review of the CITES Appendices

4.    AC17 Agenda

Action(s):

1.  The US requested the input from Mexico and Canada for Regional Report (to be prepared  within three weeks).

2.   The US will draft a letter from the North American regional representative and alternate (Susan Lieberman - US, and Rodrigo Medellín - Mexico, respectively), requesting the AC Chair (with copy to the Secretariat) that all CITES regions be equally represented in the working group.

3.   Mexico’s Scientific Authority would send the US a copy of its preliminary report on the scarlet macaw. Likewise, the US will send Canada and Mexico a copy of its peregrine falcon species review.

4.  US asked Canada and Mexico for suggestions on agenda items for AC17 (to be sent to the Secretariat by May 30th).

Assigned To:

1.    CITES authorities of Mexico and Canada.

2.    Susan Lieberman (US Fish and Wildlife Service)

3.  Rodrigo Medellin (CONABIO) and Susan Lieberman (US Fish and Wildlife Service),     respectively.

4.    CITES authorities of Mexico and Canada

Proposed Completion date:

1.    15 May 2001

2.    1 May 2001

3.    May and 15 May 2001, respectively.

4.    30 May 2001

Recommendation for the Executive Table (if any):None

ISSUE/ AGENDA ITEM No. 4: 11th Plants Committee Meeting

Action(s): Canada asked the US and Mexico for information for the Regional Report and suggestions on agenda items for PC11.

Assigned to: CITES authorities of Mexico and US

Proposed completion date: 25 June 2001

Recommendation for the Executive Table (if any): None

ISSUE/ AGENDA ITEM NO.5: 45th Standing Committee

Action(s): The North American region agreed that in the event of controversy regarding the participation of non-governmental organizations, the PC and AC should follow the rules of procedures for participation in the Conference of the Parties.

The North American region also agreed that the United States will serve as the regional representative in the finance subcommittee of the SC.

Assigned to: Not applicable.

Proposed completion date: Not applicable.

Recommendation for the Executive Table (if any): None.

ISSUE/ AGENDA ITEM No. 6: Status of reclassification of Crocodylus moreletii under US Endangered Species Act.

Mexico had requested the reclassification of the Morelet’s crocodile under ESA.  The US drafted a proposed rule to down list the captive populations of Morelet’s crocodile from endangered to threatened, with a special rule allowing commercial trade in the US.  However, the document was not finalised because of legal concerns about split-listing from the Department of Interior’s Office of the Solicitor.  The US informed Mexico that it would re-evaluate Mexico’s request if new recent information on status of wild population is received.

Action(s): The Mexican Management Authority will send the US updated information on the status of the species in the wild.

Assigned to: Jose María Reyes (Instituto Nacional de Ecología)

Proposed completion date: 31 May 2001

Recommendation for the Executive Table (if any): None.

ISSUE/AGENDA ITEM No. 6: Review of CITES listing criteria.

The report of the Listing Criteria Working Group to the Standing Committee has not been submitted yet.   The North American region agrees that such document should be bracketed because there is no consensus among working group members on changes being proposed.

Action(s): The North American regional representatives on the PC and AC (Susan Lieberman and Bertrand von Arx, respectively) will send a letter via e-mail to the Co-chairs of the Listing Criteria Working group requesting that the report to the SC be bracketed.

Assigned to: Susan Lieberman (US Fish and Wildlife Service) and Bertrand von Arx (Environment Canada)

Proposed completion date: Completed.

Recommendation for the Executive Table (if any): None.

ISSUE/ AGENDA ITEM No. 7: Advance planning for the 12th Conference of the Parties (to be held in Santiago, Chile, in November 2002)

Action(s): At next year’s Trilateral Meeting (in Mexico) it will be decided if an additional CITES regional meeting is needed prior to COP 12.

Assigned to: Not applicable.

Proposed completion date: Not Applicable.

Recommendation for the Executive Table (if any): None.

ISSUE/AGENDA ITEM No. 8: Significant Trade in Cacti.

Mexican Scientific Authority informed that it has recently gathered information on the international trade of cacti.

Action(s): US and Canada asked Mexico to provide them with copies of the new information.

The US Management Authority will send a letter to US cacti sellers remining them of their CITES obligations.

Assigned to: Patricia Dávila (Mexican Scientific Authority) and US Management Authority

Proposed completion date: 15 May 2001 and 30 June 2001 respectively.

Recommendation for the Executive Table (if any): None.

ISSUE/AGENDA ITEM No. 9 and 10: De-listing proposals resulting from review of the CITES Appendices by the PC

Mexico is concerned about proposals from the PC for the delisting of certain Cactaceae.

Mexico believes that there should be a region-wide effort by cactologists to review the status of all species prior to the delisting of any Cactaceae.  The North American region suggested that the CEC could be a source of funding for such regionwide species review.

Action(s): Each individual country will explore the possibility of the CEC providing support for the Cactaceae species review.

Assigned to: Not applicable.

Proposed completion date: Not applicable.

Recommendation for the Executive Table (if any): Explore the possibility of CEC supporting the North American review of Cactaceae.

ISSUE/AGENDA ITEM No.11: Timber issues update ..

Action(s): The Mexican Management Authority will send a letter to the CITES Secretariat requesting information about the upcoming Mahogany Workshop.

Assigned to: José María Reyes

Proposed completion date: 15 May 2001

Recommendation for the Executive Table (if any): All three countries praised the ongoing Guaiacum project as a good case study of collaborative effort between government agencies and scientific researchers.

ISSUE/AGENDA ITEM No.12: Eagle feathers. No actions identify; only shared information

ISSUE/AGENDA ITEM No.13: Personal use permits. No actions identify; only shared information

ISSUE/AGENDA ITEM No.14: Transborder movement of time- sensitive research samples

Action(s):

1.  The North American Region will recommend that an intersessional working group be established to work on this issue between the SC45 (June 2001) and SC46 (February 2002).

2.    The North American Region will recommend that the word “trade” in the title of the document   SC45 Doc. 10 be replaced by “transborder movement of”.

Assigned to: The US Management Authority

Proposed completion date: June 2001

Recommendation for the Executive Table (if any): None.

ISSUE/AGENDA ITEM No. 15: Transport of exhibition animals. No actions identified.

ISSUE/AGENDA ITEM No. 16: Up date on US implementation activities. No actions identified.

ISSUE/AGENDA ITEM No. 17: Scientific co-operation between the US, Mexico and  Canada on CITES issues.

Action(s): Mexico will take the lead to organize a Workshop for exchange of information between the CITES Scientific authorities.

Assigned to: Rodrigo Medellín (Mexico / UNAM), Javier Alvarez (US Scientific Authority), Bertrand von Arx (Canadian Wildlife Service)

Proposed Completion Date: Immediately after the next Trilateral meeting in Mexico

Recommendation for the Executive Table (if any): Search for financial support in the CEC to organize a workshop of the CITES Scientific authorities of the North American Region .

ISSUE/AGENDA ITEM No. 19 Repatriation of confiscated CITES specimens

Mexico is interested in developing a Protocol for the repatriation of confiscated CITES specimens between the North American countries.

Action(s)Mexico will draft an outline of the issues to be address in the development of the Protocol.

Assigned to: Federico Arce (PROFEPA / SEMARNAT)

Proposed completion date: 15 May 2001

Recommendation for the Executive Table (if any): None.

ISSUE/AGENDA ITEM No. 20: Other Issues

1. Transport of life plants.

Action(s): None

 

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