TITLE

FAO WORKSHOP TO REVIEW THE APPLICATION OF CITES CRITERION ANNEX 2 a B TO COMMERCIALLY-EXPLOITED AQUATIC SPECIES

PUB. DATE
January 2011
SOURCE
FAO Fisheries & Aquaculture Report;2011, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The "FAO Workshop to review the application of CITES criterion Annex 2 a B to commercially-exploited aquatic species" was held in Rome from 19 to 21 April 2011. It was attended by eight independent experts and five FAO Officers. The Workshop was convened by FAO in response to a request by the 15th Conference of the Parties in 2010 to prepare a report that summarized the experience in applying the CITES Resolution Conf. 9.24 (Rev. CoP15) Annex 2 a B criterion and the introductory text to Annex 2 a to some or all the commercially-exploited proposed for inclusion on Appendix II at the 13th, 14th and 15th meetings of the Conference of the Parties, highlighting any technical difficulties or ambiguous issues encountered. The Workshop analysed the approaches used by the FAO Expert Advisory Panel in applying the criteria described in both paragraphs (A and B) of Annex 2 a. The Workshop noted that the biological information provided by proposals to list commercially exploited aquatic species under CITES Appendix II was usually adequate. While the quantitative indicators provided by the proponents were mostly reliable, not all of them were used appropriately in the proposals (e.g. landings used as proxy for abundance). The Workshop also considered instances where the FAO Expert Advisory Panel was able to access additional information not included in the proposals and examples of data-poor species for which the FAO Expert Advisory Panel made flexible use of qualitative indicators. In conclusion, the FAO view that for both paragraphs of Annex 2 a the definitions, explanations and guidelines in Annex 5 of the Resolution Conf. 9.24 (Rev. CoP15) apply was endorsed by the Workshop. In addition, the Workshop recommended that the distinction made by the CITES Secretariat between the terms "decline" and "reduce" be clarified, in particular whether some other measure of decline is intended to apply to Annex 2 a B compared to Annex 2 a A. Furthermore the Workshop observed that the FAO Expert Advisory Panel considered CITES Resolution Conf. 9.24 (Rev. CoP15) as a whole to provide adequate guidance for the determination, in a precautionary manner, of whether a species is at risk in the future as a result of international demand for trade.
ACCESSION #
74588558

 

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