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VII Trilateral meeting Canadá-Estados Unidos-México
Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit. 23-25 April, 2002
Tuesday 23th, April
1. JOINT SESSION WITH SHARED SPECIES TABLE
The shared species table will report the work done in this session
Note: Due to the death of Jose María’s father, he had to leave the session, the co-chairs and members of the Cites table request that the Council send a letter of condolences to him and his family.
2.1 Workshop of Cites Scientific Authorities
All three countries’ CITES Scientific Authorities exchanged experiences and information with respect to the implementation of CITES and the relation between the Scientific Authorities and the Management Authorities.
2.2 46th Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee (Geneva, Switzerland)
The U.S., as North America region representative, summarized some of the major items discussed at the 46th SC Meeting. Mexicoand Canadaprovided comments.
2.3 18th Meeting of the CITES Animals Committee (San Jose, Costa Rica)
The U.S., as regional representative, presented a report on the Animals Committee Meeting. Mexicoand Canadaprovided comments.
2.4 11th Meeting of the CITES Plants Committee Langkawi, Malaysia
Canada, as regional representative, summarized some of the major items of discussion at the Plants Committee Meeting. The group discussed the quality and length of the final reports of the CITES Committees (SC, AC, PC) and discussed how the reports could be made more useful.
Actions (2.2; 2.3; 2.4)
Continue regular and full consultation on CITES issues among the countries of the North American Region, especially in preparation for COP12
2.5 Conclusions of the Working Group to Revise the Criteria for Amendment the CITES Appendices
The U.S. presented the report. The table discussed the position that the region should take, given the disagreement between the Chair of the CITES Plants and Animals Committees. There was agreement between the three countries that the work on the criteria is not finished and that it should continue after COP12.
Wendesday 24th, April
*People who were just in joint session
3. JOINT SESSION WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT TABLE
3.1 Repatriation of specimens confiscated due to CITES violations
PROFEPA presented its proposal concerning protocols for repatriation which Mexicohad prepared and sent to the U.S, and Canadaafter the last Trilateral Committee.
4. TRANSBORDER MOVEMENT OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH SAMPLES.
This topic was presented by the Mexican Representative to the Animals Committee. He mentioned that it is important to distinguish between “trade” and “transborder movement” given that the meaning of the term “trade” is different in English and Spanish.
It was clear that the subject is very complicated and it is difficult to have efficient controls for scientific samples. He also mentioned the necessity of consultation with Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD).
Mexico stated that they are in agreement that transboundary movement of biological samples should be more efficient, nevertheless such movements must always be accompanied by documentation that confirms the legality of the movement.
5. PARTICULAR ISSUES
5.1 National activities
There is work underway to evaluate the status of these populations in the wild and will be presented to future Animals Committee.
6. DISCUSSION OF THE STATUS OF CACTI.
A report on Mexican action to better understand endemic and shared cactus species was presented by the Mexican representative to the Plants Committee. Note that it to important be provide for continuation of the projects.
7. ROTATION OF REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES TO CITES COMMITTEES
During discussion of this issue it was noted that regional representatives must receive the support of their governments to enable them to carry out their responsibilities.
8. PREPARATION FOR FUTURE MEETINGS
8.1 12th Meeting of the Plants Committee (Netherlands)
This report was presented by Bertrand von Arx, regional representative to the Plants Committee. Comments were discussed.
8.2 12th Conference of the Parties to CITES (Chile)
The representative to the Standing Committee from the United States reported on preparations for the upcoming COP. He reported the U.S. Chair of the Standing Committee will visit Chile in May with the CITES Secretariat to review preparations for COP12. The U.S. provided a copy of their recent document on COP12 proposals.
9. OTHER ISSUES
9.1 North American Regional Meeting
It was recognized that there will be a need for a regional meeting before next CoP.