The 30th meeting of the CITES Animals Committee Meeting opened on 16 July in Geneva, Switzerland.
David Morgan, Officer-in-Charge of the CITES Secretariat, welcomed members of the Animals Committee and all other participants to the 30th meeting of the Animals Committee, noting that this year marked the 30th anniversary of the Committee and this meeting has attracted a record 360 people registered to participate in the meeting. Mathias Lörtscher, Chair of the Animals Committee provided some opening remarks.
During the morning session, the following agenda items, were addressed: captive-bred and ranched specimens, eels, the Review of Significant Trade, nomenclature and the Periodic Review of the Appendices. The afternoon session focused on non-detriment findings for trophyhunted mammals from Africa, quotas for leopard hunting trophies, African lion, great apes and marine species such as sharks and rays, precious corals and the Banggai cardinalfish.
For each of these items working groups were established by the Chair with memberships and mandates. These groups will meet the whole day on Tuesday and Wednesday morning.