The TRAFFIC delegation to CITES CoP15 convened in Doha today with colleagues from WWF and IUCN to finalise preparations for our participation at the CITES Conference of the Parties, which kicks off here on Saturday.
Some of the big issues coming up on the conference agenda are heating up in the final run up to the meeting. One of the official CITES reviews of proposals to allow ivory trade has been released (for Tanzania) and that for Zambia is due any time. And the manouvering of government positions in Europe and elsewhere on the proposal to halt commercial international trade in Atlantic Bluefin Tuna is becoming rather intense as the days before formal debate here gets underway decline in number.
Needless to say, our team here is following developments closely and providing ideas and advice on a regular basis.
Another day of final preparations and our first on-site press conference tomorrow. Then the CITES Standing Committee (the Convention's executive body) meets on Friday.