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Governments call for regional
Hawksbill Turtle conservation plan
Geneva, 22 May 2001 - Diplomats and experts meeting in
Mexico City have agreed on the need for a hawksbill turtle conservation
strategy and management plan for the Caribbean region.
issue of whether or not hawksbill turtle populations in the Caribbean
are healthy enough to permit controlled harvesting and trade has
generated extensive discussion amongst the member States of the
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild
Fauna and Flora (CITES) over the past few years. While all international
trade in hawksbill is currently banned, some governments would like
strictly regulated harvesting and trade to be permitted.
first Caribbean Region Hawksbill Turtle Dialogue meeting, held from
15-17 May, was convened in an effort to promote dialogue and co-operation
in the region on this issue. Thirty-four governments attended the
participants agreed on the need to identify gaps in knowledge, standardize
protocols for monitoring turtle population trends and status, and
improve the monitoring of harvesting and trade activities (including
legal and illegal, domestic and international) and their impacts
on hawksbill populations.
addition, the various national and other hawksbill turtle management
programmes and policies in the region should be reviewed to assess
their impact on the recovery of hawksbill turtle populations.
issues discussed at the Dialogue meeting included the conservation
status of the hawksbill turtle, the biological aspects of hawksbill
populations, the status of trade in hawksbill turtle products, multilateral
agreements for conservation of hawksbill turtle and the role of
ranching and captive breeding. Countries reported on national legislation,
recovery plans, conservation programmes, problems encountered and
the results of their scientific research.
delegates agreed that further Dialogue meetings should be held,
and the Government of the United Kingdom offered to host the next
meeting in April or May 2002 in one of its territories in the region.
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