U.S. Department of the Interior International Technical Assistance Program Workshop to Strengthen the Capacity of Authorities to Conduct CITES Non-Detriment Findings

Venue: San Salvador, El Salvador

Dates: 3-6 September 2013

The workshop was supported by the U.S. Department of Interior Programme for Regional Cooperation for Central American and the Dominican Republic which is to support the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). Nineteen participants from CAFTA-DR countries/Panama were present, plus the Alternate Representative on the Animals Committee for CSAC and 2 from OSPESCA. Fisheries sector representatives from El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama also attended the workshop.

The event was inaugurated with an introductory speech by a CITES Secretariat staff, and a series of lectures interspersed by practical exercises followed. At the end of the workshop, participants identified major difficulties for implementing CITES in the sub-region and agreed on a series of recommendations and next steps that will also contribute to the organization of the next DOI-ITAP workshop on NDFs in 2014.

As a facilitator of the workshop, a CITES Secretariat gave 5 lectures and provided practical exercises to enhance participants’ better understanding on NDFs and CITES listing of sharks with a focus on their implication for sub-region.

Continued cooperation with OSPECSA, a major regional RFMO, as a collaborative partner in outreach work regarding new listings of sharks and rays in the region as well as in preparation for the follow-up workshop would be beneficial.

Organizer link: http://www.doi.gov/intl/itap/Central-America-and-the-Caribbean.cfm