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). There were 19 participants from CAFTA-DR countries/Panama, 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.
CITES Secretariat plans to involve the major regional RFMO, OSPECSA, 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.
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