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Commercial trade in specimens of CITES-listed species suspended

Update: February, 18/2016 - 19:00
Two ferrets (Mustela putorius furo) at by Tay Ninh Forest Ranger. Viet Nam has stopped issuing licences for trade in CITES-listed species with Laos. — VNA/VNS Photo Le Duc Hoanh

HA NOI (VNS) — The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Management Authority of Viet Nam has stopped issuing licences for trade in CITES-listed species with Laos.

The Viet Nam Administration of Forestry today sent an official document No 26/CTVN-DVHD to inform individuals and organisations in this regard.

The move came after the CITES Secretariat last Thursday ordered members to halt commercial trade in specimens of CITES-listed species with Laos because the country failed to implement requirements from the CITES Secretariat.

Individuals and organisations could call the number 0437335676 for further information.

According to the CITES Secretariat, at its 65th meeting (SC65, Geneva, July 2014), the Standing Committee directed a number of Parties, including Laos, to develop a national ivory action plan (NIAP).

At the same meeting, the Standing Committee requested these Parties to submit a comprehensive progress report on the implementation of their NIAPs to the Secretariat by 15 September 2015. A NIAP was received from Laos on 4 September 2015.

The Secretariat sent a letter to Laos on June 22, 2015, reminding it of the recommendations and reporting deadlines endorsed by the Standing Committee at its 65th meeting.

The Secretariat sent a further letter to Laos on November 27, 2015, reiterating the SC65 endorsed recommendations and encouraging it to submit a NIAP progress report to the Secretariat so that it can be conveyed to the Standing Committee ahead of its 66th meeting (SC66, Geneva, January 2016).

However, no report was received and at SC66, the Secretariat reported that Laos did not submit a report on the progress of the NIAP implementation as requested by the Standing Committee.

In the light of the above, the Standing Committee at SC66 adopted a recommendation that all parties suspend commercial trade in specimens of CITES-listed species with Laos until such time it submitted a progress report on NIAP implementation confirming that some progress has been made towards action initiated.

The Secretariat therefore informed all parties to suspend commercial trade in specimens of CITES-listed species with Laos in accordance with the Standing Committee recommendation, until further notice. — VNS

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