FWS Considers Changes to International Regulation of Trade in Endangered Species
The Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking no later than July 13 information and recommendations on resolutions, decisions and agenda items that the U.S. might consider submitting for discussion at the 17th regular meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which is tentatively scheduled to be held in September 2016 in South Africa.
CITES is an international treaty designed to regulate international trade in certain animal and plant species that are now, or potentially may become, threatened with extinction. The 180 countries that are parties to CITES meet at least every two years to review the implementation of CITES, consider amendments to the list of species in appendices I and II in which international trade is prohibited or regulated, etc.
In preparation for COP17, FWS is planning to publish (a) in July the tentative species proposals the U.S. is considering submitting, (b) in September the draft resolutions, decisions and agenda items the U.S. is considering submitting, and (c) in May 2016 the species proposals and draft resolutions, decisions and agenda items submitted for consideration at COP17. FWS is also planning to hold a public meeting in June 2016 to gather further input.