Listing of seven sawfish species on CITES Appendix I
Raising captive tigers for trade in their parts was rejected by CITES Parties, with a call on China to phase out its large-scale commercial tiger farms
African elephant range countries at the meeting agreed to a 9-year suspension of ivory trading. There was also agreement to allow four southern African countries – Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe – to sell stocks of their ivory in a one-off sale. Proceeds will go to local conservation efforts. After the sale, the suspension will take effect.
Delegates adopted an ambitious new strategic vision to link CITES to the broader conservation and development agenda.
However there were also missed opportunities and disappointments:
CoP14 was the first CITES CoP to be held in the European Union – the top global importer by value of many wildlife commodities, including tropical timber, caviar, reptile skins, and live reptiles. As EU membership has expanded, the EU market for wildlife products has also increased.
The EU has had many significant achievements in wildlife law enforcement. Having the meeting in the EU presented an exciting opportunity to consider how these can be further enhanced through greater national, regional, and inter-regional cooperation.