On May 2nd 2018, in the framework of the 65th CIC General Assembly in Madrid, Spain, the 4th Annual State Members and Potential State Members meeting was held. The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food, and Environment (MAPAMA) generously supported the meeting by hosting it in the Ministry building. This meeting is dedicated to CIC State Members and potential State Members, providing them with an interactive platform to discuss sustainable wildlife management practices and policies at different levels. Many critically significant topics were discussed such as as wolf management; African Swine Fever; and improving conservation communication.
Willem Wijnstekers, former Secretary General of CITES, provided a concise write-up of the discussions held at the 2016 CITES Conference of Parties (CoP17) in Johannesburg, South Africa, which have an impact on hunters, such as:
- The export of hunting trophies of all species listed in Appendix I or II requires an export permit except when they are considered as personal and household effects.
- Parties exporting hunting trophies must ensure that:
- trophy hunting is sustainably managed, does not undermine the conservation of target species and, as appropriate, provides benefits to local communities by having in place a robust regulatory framework relating to the harvesting of trophies;
- an effective enforcement mechanism with adequate deterrents in the form of penalties for noncompliance;
- a monitoring system is designed to effectively monitor population trends and status; and
- an adaptive management system is in place through which harvest levels can be adjusted according to the needs of the specific population and based on results of the monitoring program.
- and more…
Most notably, Mr. Wijnstekers announced the release and unrestricted availability of the 11th Edition of his reference book The Evolution of CITES which incorporates the changes which were adopted during the CoP17 in Johannesburg. This book provides all stakeholders in wildlife conservation with an extensive overview of the most current updates after each Conference of Parties of the Convention, with this edition packed with information in over 1,000 pages. Mr. Wijnstekers has put his work into PDF format with an interactive table of contents to make the information easily accessible. The CIC commends the author for the incredible amount of work that has gone into this constantly evolving work.