Input Sought for Conference on International Trade in Wildlife
The Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a notice on the provisional agenda for the 17th regular meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which will be held in South Africa Sept. 24-Oct. 5. CITES is an international treaty designed to control and regulate international trade in certain animal and plant species that are now or potentially may become threatened with extinction.
The U.S. is developing its negotiating positions on proposed resolutions, decisions and amendments to the CITES appendices (species proposals) as well as other agenda items that have been submitted by other party countries, the permanent CITES committees and the CITES secretariat for consideration at CoP17. As part of this process the FWS is soliciting public comments through Aug. 8 on the items on the provisional agenda and holding a public meeting July 19 in Washington, D.C., to discuss these items.