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VII Trilateral meeting Canadá-Estados Unidos-México

Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit. 23-25 April, 2002

Cites table

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.

PARTICIPANTS

CHAIR
Lynda Maltby (Canadá)
Peter Thomas (EUA)
Hesiquio Benítez (México)

CANADÁ
Jean R. Robillard
Bertrand von Arx

ESTADOS UNIDOS
Roddy Gabel
Javier Alvarez

MÉXICO
Eduardo Ínigo
Yolanda Feria
Patricia Dávila
Rodrigo Medellín
Silvia Philippe

2. REPORTS

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.

Actions:

  • It was recommended to continue the practice of having CITES Authorities meet every year (or when required) prior to meetings of the Trilateral Committee to discuss only issues of CITES implementation.
  • Management Authorities and Law Enforcement could be encouraged to participate in these meetings depending on the agenda.

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.

Actions:

  • The three countries should discuss this issue at the proposed preparatoryNorth American Regional CITES Meeting to develop a unified position once the COP12 documents have been received.

Wendesday 24th, April

PARTICIPANTS

Chair
Lynda Maltby (Canadá)
Peter Thomas (EUA)
Hesiquio Benítez (México)

CANADÁ
Jean R. Robillard
Brenda Marchouse*
Ivan Lafleur*
Bertrand von Arx

ESTADOS UNIDOS
Benito Pérez*
Roddy Gabel
Javier Alvarez
Luis Ríos*

MÉXICO
Eduardo Ínigo
Yolanda Feria
Patricia Dávila
Rodrigo Medellí
nSilvia Philippe
Mónica Alegre *
Angélica Flores*
Alella Cruz*
LizbethVelarde*

*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.

Actions

  • Communication will continue through electronic mail.
  • Canada and the U.S. will send comments on the original PROFEPA proposal.
  • PROFEPA will revise the proposal to be discussed at a future trilateral meeting.

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.

Action

  • This item will be discussed further in the upcoming Regional Meeting, as well as at COP12

5. PARTICULAR ISSUES

5.1 National activities

  1. Amazon oratrix and A. finschi: Mexico presented this subject and stated that they are considering submitting a proposal to include these two species in CITES Appendix I. Canada and USA made some comments. Will continue reviewing the proposals.
  2. Ambystomamexicanum; Dermatemys mawii; Falco peregrinus

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.

Actions

  • A meeting of cactologist in Mexico being planned after the PC meeting. Mexico will keep Canada and USA informed of the outermost.

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.

Current Composition
Standing Comittee U.S. (Canada alternate)
Animals Committee U.S. (México alternate)
Plants Committee Canada (México alternate)

Action:

Composition after COP12
Standing Comittee U.S. (Canada alternate)
Animals Committee México (U.S. alternate)
Plants Committee Canada (México alternate)

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.

Actions:

  • All countries should be provided the opportunity to review the final draft of the regional reports to CITES Committees before they are submitted to the Secretariat

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.

Actions

  • The three countries will consult on the date and location of the next regional meeting. In the meantime they will communicate by e-mail on COP12 issues. Mexico will explore the possibilities the next meeting may be held in Mexico en September or October.
 

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