WCS Canada to Canada re COP19 CITES_2022-10-14
This is a response to the notice of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) regarding species proposals in advance of 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18) to CITES. This letter contains recommendations regarding select working documents and species proposals in three parts: 1) WCS overall recommendations (53 pp)
2) Letter to Fisheries and Oceans Canada, with Oceans North, on the matter of shark proposals, dated 21 July 2022
3) Letter to Fisheries and Oceans Canada, with Oceans North, on the matter of shark proposals, dated 29 July 2022
Joint Comment - WCS+Oceans North Letter2 to Canada re CITES CoP19 Shark Proposals September 2022
A follow-up to the joint comment from July 2022 and discussion had on August 17th, regarding the shark proposals being tabled and discussed at the upcoming 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP19) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). We appreciate your openness, and of course your consideration of these proposals.
We are writing to provide you with additional information that has since become available.
We call your attention to the recent assessments of these proposals by the CITES Secretariat,
IUCN/TRAFFIC and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which we know Canada will consider carefully in developing its positions for CITES CoP19.
Updated WCS recommendations on the draft post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
WCS published our initial recommendations on Draft 1 of the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) in August 2021. WCS urges CBD Parties to ensure that the post-2020 global biodiversity
framework (GBF), as adopted by Parties at CBD CoP15.2 in December 2022, does the following four things:
1. Establishes a goal of improving ecological integrity by 2030, including by retaining natural, high
integrity (or intact) ecosystems.
2. Sets a meaningful and equitable target to protect and conserve at least 30% of land and ocean areas by 2030.
3. Commits Parties to eliminate trade and use of wildlife that presents ecological risks or that endangers human or wildlife health through the potential for pathogen spillover.
4. Incorporate the monitoring framework and glossary to streamline the GBF “package.”
Joint Comment - Letter of Support to World Heritage Committee re: Wood Buffalo National Park 17 August 2022
As a group of fifteen Indigenous organizations and civil society organizations, we write to the leads of the IUCN/World Heritage Centre Reactive Monitoring Mission for Wood Buffalo National Park to express our collective concern with the deterioration of Outstanding Universal Values (OUV) of Wood Buffalo National Park World Heritage Site and express our agreement with decision 44 COM 7B.190 by the World Heritage Committee that the property likely meets the criteria for inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
Joint Comment - WCS + Oceans North Letter to Canada re: CITES CoP19 Shark Proposal - July 2022
A joint letter to Adam Burns, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada urging Canada to support strong, science-based proposals to include additional shark species on the Appendix II at the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP19) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The addition of the requiem and hammerhead shark and guitarfish ray family-level listing proposals would, when combined with the Appendix II shark and ray listings adopted at the past three CoPs, help ensure that only legal, sustainable trade in sharks and rays can continue.