13 Nov 2023 FACE ATTENDED THE 77th CITES STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING
The European Federation for Hunting and Conservation (FACE) attended the 77th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES).
From 5-10 November 2023, FACE attended the 77th meeting of the Standing Committee (SC77) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Geneva, Switzerland. CITES regulates international trade to make sure that trade in endangered species is legal, sustainable and not detrimental to the survival of the species.
For a week, delegates and observers from around the world were gathered to discussed and addressed a wide range of pressing global wildlife issues. The meeting saw a packed agenda with 77 agenda items and many information documents.
FACE together with its international partners Safari Club International (SCI), Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF), the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC), Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) and other sustainable use organisations monitored and advocated on critical issues for hunters and conservation. Indicatively some of them were the engagement of indigenous people and local communities (IPLCs), African elephant range state dialogue, CITES Strategic Vision and the establishment of a CITES Global Youth Network.
From FACE’s perspective, it’s important that wildlife trade and conservation strategies acknowledge the value of sustainable hunting to species conservation promoting community-based conservation.
Why is relevant to hunters?
CITES is mainly relevant to hunters in relation to the import/export of hunting trophies, but also as one of a number of key international agreements setting the global conservation agenda, establishing conservation principles and providing the tools and means for cooperation.