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Scholars Day 2006, Wednesday, April 12

Great White Shark: Behind the Proposal to the Appendix-II of CITES

Experts consider the Great White Shark to be vulnerable to exploitation due to their biological characteristics. Some actions were conducted around the world in order to protect the species. One way to attain this objective was through the Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES). In 2004, a proposal was conjointly submitted to CITES by the Australian Government and the Madagascar Government. The proposal aimed at the control of the international trade of GWS products in order to avoid utilization incompatible with their survival. Following international efforts, the proposition was accepted. Yet, how did the proposing parties achieve this ultimate goal? What were the procedures involved before, during and even after the listing? Who were the actual proponents of the proposal and who were opposed to it? This talk examines the behind the scene of the procedures and some implications, positive or negative, of the listing.

Presenter: Mananjo Jonahson (Graduate Student)
Topic: Environmental Science
Location: 104 Edwards
Time: 11:15 am (Session II)