Published On: 12 Jun 2022By Categories: News & Events, Latest News

Positive meeting for the sustainable use sector ahead of COP19

Pretoria, 25 May 2022 – In preparation for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora’ (CITES) Nineteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to be held in Panama in November of 2022, stakeholders consulted on the proposals for consideration at COP19.

Dr Deon Furstenburg on behalf of WRSA gave a very well researched proposal to motivate for the delisting of Bontebok in the bilateral meeting between the South African Scientific Authority and the US Fish and Wildlife Services. Deon raised the point that only 3,1% of the Bontebok population is harvested while it has a 25,2% growth per year. Only 4% of Eastern Cape game ranchers have TOPS species such as Bontebok. There is huge potential growth, but the import restrictions placed on Bontebok by US Fish and Wildlife Services impedes on that growth.

Pieter Swart from SATTA made a brilliantly researched and fact-based argument for the down-listing of giraffe.

A special vote of thanks to:

Stephen Palos (CHASA)

Trevor Oertel (SAFA)

Gerhard Heyneke (WRSA)

Barry York (PHASA) &

Stefan van As (SACIA) who all made very positive verbal contributions.

Click on this link to read the full written WRSA submission for CITES.

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