CITES: Dark clouds in Sochi – the German hunting newspaper

5. October 2018 473






    To date, the 69 is in session. constant CITES Committee in the Russian city of Sochi, the international General Assembly of the Contracting parties in the year 2019 in Sri Lanka to prepare.

    “The CIC supports the participation of local communities and indigenous peoples in the decision-making of CITES” says Tamás He, Director-General of the CIC. (Source: Steinbrink-Minami/DJV/CIC)

    On the question of whether rural communities of Africa will in future be involved in the decision-making processes of CITES, are reared in dark storm clouds on the Sochi sky: power of interpretation and the power of American and European NGOs seems to be against the interests of indigenous and local population groups, the CIC and the DJV in a press release of today and warn of this new Form of colonialism.

    Western animal protection and animal rights organisations would seem to fear a restriction of their monopolistic position, should representatives of indigenous population groups in the future, a say in CITES. Voices, could say that to live together with wild animals to the conflict would be profitable, would be due to intensive Lobbying of animal rights and parts of the animal welfare scene on the current Meeting of CITES in Sochi suppressed. The International Council for the conservation of game and wildlife (CIC) and the German hunting Association (DJV), calling for the participation of local populations and indigenous peoples in decision-making processes of CITES, the Convention for biological diversity (CBD).

    “Imagine, an African conservation organization, would impact on the future use of German forests without the participation of the municipal or private forest owner. This reflects the absurdity of the proceeding in Sochi,“ says Dr. Dirk-Henner Wellershoff, CITES officer at the DJV Bureau.

    By animals, such as lion or elephant, it’ll be in the vicinity of human settlements, some of them life-threatening situations, to harvest, damage, or loss of farm animals. People would have to live with a lion or elephant, would work only for their protection, if you created it a value. An example of how local groups of the population could benefit from this value creation, revenues from sustainable hunting. This would eliminate going to the wild animal to the competitors of the people and, as such, are persecuted and expelled. Self-governments, which would ask for CITES decision-makers, would conceal under the influence of the lobbying of organisations such as the Born Free Foundation this realization. The involvement of local and indigenous population groups – is an essential part in the Convention for biological diversity (CBD) – will massively torpedoed.

    The former Secretary-General of the CITES Convention, Willem Wijnstekers, bring it to the point in Sochi: “It’s a shame is treated as the subject of the participation of Communities in decision-making of CITES. The working group is tasked to work out the Details, you must continue to look for acceptable solutions.“

    “The CIC supports the participation of local communities and indigenous peoples in the decision-making of CITES, as these people have to daily live with the consequences of CITES decisions,” says Tamás He, Director-General of the International Council for the conservation of game and wildlife (CIC).

    If at all, is only expected in may 2019 with results that would at the earliest be discussed in 2022.