Relatively Quiet CITES Meeting Concludes in Geneva 

Safari Club and many partner organizations attended the 77th CITES Standing Committee meeting in Geneva last week, November 6–10.  Fortunately for SCI and its partners, the meeting’s agenda was relatively light regarding issues of importance.  Nevertheless, the Parties had plenty to say about issues of international wildlife trade.  The discussions quickly fell behind schedule–a full day behind schedule starting on the third day.  To accommodate the lengthy agenda and conclude the meeting on time, the Committee decided to note seventeen documents without discussion.  These include a few on which SCI had focused.  No complaints here!  Generally, sustainable use conservation programs do better with less CITES regulation and focus.  SCI and SCIF will continue their decades-long participation in CITES meetings at the next Animals Committee meeting, currently scheduled for July 2024.