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COP 16 Bangkok Meeting (Thailand)

05-Mar-2013

Africa for the transfer of Manatee from CITES Appendix II to Appendix I 
The 16th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16) has been opened on Sunday in Bangkok, Thailand. Many people from all over the world are attending this important meeting where environment issues are discussed.

Africa is well represented and intends to bring an active contribution to this meeting.

The governments of Senegal, Sierra Leone and Benin (West Africa Region) will be together tomorrow for  a presentation and discussion about the West African Manatee and its need for enhanced international protection (Cop 16 Prop .13). The opportunity will be indeed taken to talk on status, threats, and future of the manatee, which is a forgotten species        .
Today (Tuesday), during the side event for English countries, many countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, and New Zealand have promised to support the proposal for the transfer of West African Manatee from CITES Appendix II to Appendix I. 
Coalition on African Elephant (regional tribune where African issues are discussed) has been held yesterday (Monday). A least, 40 African states and a dozen of conservation organizations have taken part in this meeting.
Senegal has officially asked support of the others African countries and has sensitized delegates on threats on this species. They all have promised to fight for the achievement of the objectives.
 
By Pape Diomaye THIARE
Wetlands International Africa
Communications Officer 

 

 

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