BRIEFING: PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE OF WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS. 19 – 20 March 2013. CITES COP 16: OUTCOMES. PURPOSE. Inform the Portfolio Committee on the outcomes of the recent CITES CoP 16: Indicate the implication of the decisions/outcomes of the CoP on South Africa;
19 – 20 March 2013
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) aims to:
Ensure that international trade in listed species of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
The primary focus of CITES is:
Regulate the international trade in species listed in three Appendices (I, II and III) according to the extent to which they are threatened by the international trade.BACKGROUND (I/II)
Assess the implementation of the provisions;
Make recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the Convention; and
Amend CITES Appendices.
CITES COP 16 took place from 03 – 14 March 2013 in Bangkok (Thailand);
Approximately 75 working documents and 71 proposals to amend the Appendices were discussed during the CoP.BACKGROUND (II/II)
Positions underpinned by sustainable use principles;
Sustainable use is enshrined in the Constitution and National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (NEMBA), Act 10 of 2004 as an integral part of conservation;
South Africa therefore supported proposals and working documents, which promote sustainable use of natural resources, provided they have a scientific basis and are aimed at securing the long term conservation of the species.
SECRETSOUTH AFRICA - POSITION
Rules of Procedure (RoP)
Rules of Procedure (RoP)….continue
Reporting of seizures and sharing of information
Use of specialized investigative techniques
Consultation with importing Parties
Stricter measures for re-exports
Demand reduction strategies
Community involvement and awareness raising among custom officials
Directed to Vietnam
Progress with Joint Action Plan
National legislation to regulate alteration of trophies
Consumer behavior research
Develop & implement demand reduction strategies
Directed to Mozambique
Report on implementation of Res Conf 9.14
Implement national legislation to strengthen enforcement
Directed to South Africa and Mozambique
South Africa hosted and participating in side events:
Rhino (3 events)
UNEP/GEF project ‘Strengthening Law Enforcement Capabilities to Combat Wildlife Crime for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Species in South Africa (target: Rhinoceros)’
CITES & livelihoods
SA will be hosting CITES CoP 17 in 2016.
-Details and host City to be discussed by DEA management.
Chair of the PCWEA Adv de Lange met:
Chair of Tanzania’s PC of Natural Resources agreed to initiate a network of parliamentarians.
The network to involve Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and another SADC State.
SADC Ministers (Zim, SA, Namibia) nominated Namibia to be part of the network.
Meeting to be held in SA preferable KNP.
Officials will present sustainable utilisation approach.
Adv de Lange also met with Col WinaiSompong MP of Thailand:
They plan to visit SA in May/June.
This is being planned with the Deputy Speaker of Parliament