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CITES partially lifts trade ban

posted on 10/04/2002: 1835 views

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has partially lifted the trade ban on the UAE, officials at the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) said yesterday. The lack of effort in combating the trade in specimens of CITES-listed endangered wildlife species led to the suspension of the UAE from the partnership on November 20 last year. The suspension means that import, export or re-export of any of the CITES-listed species is not allowed to and from the UAE.

Majid Al Mansouri, Acting Secretary General of EWRDA, said the partial ban on the UAE is already in place. "The CITES Secretariat has noted and realised the initiatives being taken by the UAE to ratify the convention. The complete removal of the ban will be made in three phases. The partial ban which was lifted is as per phase one." He added that the Standing Committee of the Convention will further discuss the issue at its meeting in Chile in November, exactly one year after the ban was imposed. Al Mansouri said for the complete lifting of the ban, the UAE has to have a federal law in place before the Chile meeting. According to an ERWDA source, the draft law to protect endangered species and wild fauna and flora is already underway. He said the law is almost ready for approval from the government to help implement the CITES.

The United Arab Emirates has made great progress towards putting into place the legislative and operational measures necessary to ensure correct implementation of CITES. As a result, the Standing Committee agreed that its recommendation to parties to suspend trade in specimens of CITES species with the UAE would be withdrawn in three phases. (The Gulf News)


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