Notification to the Parties
No. 1998/28 Geneva, 30 June 1998
Interpretation of "recent lineage"
1. Resolution Conf. 10.17 on Animal Hybrids, adopted at the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (Harare, June 1997), refers in three paragraphs to the "recent lineage" of hybrid animals. The resolution, however, contains no definition of this term.
2. The need for a harmonized understanding of the term was discussed by the Animals Committee at its 14th meeting (Caracas, May 1998). It was noted that, at the time of the discussion of this subject at the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties, when the resolution was adopted, a statement was made by one delegation that the "recent lineage" of a hybrid animal should be understood to mean the previous four generations of its lineage. There was no objection to this at the time. The Animals Committee agreed that this interpretation provided a good guideline for the Parties.
3. The Secretariat therefore recommends to Parties that the term "recent lineage" of a hybrid animal, as this term is used in Resolution Conf. 10.17, should be understood to mean the previous four generations of its lineage.
4. The Secretariat requests the Parties to inform it of any problems encountered in applying this guideline.
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