A number of Pacific Island Negotiators made contributions to historical milestones achieved at the 18th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP18) in Geneva – which came to an end this week.
With the support of a number of Pacific islands on key proposals by fellow CITES parties – the COP adopted decisions on the listing of Mako sharks, wedgefishes, guitarfishes and sea cucumbers (teatfish) on Appendix II of the Convention – which are species not necessarily threatened with extinction, but in which trade must be controlled in order to avoid utilization incompatible with their survival.
Eighteen species of endangered sharks and rays, as well as three sea cucumber species, were approved for listing on CITES Appendix II by the end of CITES COP18. After nearly two weeks of negotiations over 70% of votes supported the listings across all species.
It’s a move that will now commit the international community to regulate the global trade of these species, requiring (among other commitments) that an export permit is only granted where governments have demonstrated that the export will not harm the wild population of the species.
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