Namibia participates at CITES CoP 19
November 17, 2022
Namibia, joined by Botswana has submitted a proposal to transfer the
population of the southern white rhinoceros of Namibia from Appendix I to
Appendix II specifically to allow for trade in live animals for
conservation purposes and hunting trophies only.
This was revealed by the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism
(MEFT), spokesperson Romeo Muyunda in a statement as Namibia participates
at the 19th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 19) to the
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and
The CITES meetings take place every two to three years to review the
implementation of the CITES Convention. This includes, among others, the
review of the existing trade mechanisms/regimes and the consideration of
new trade mechanisms/regimes.
The CITES CoP 19 which commenced on Monday will conclude on 25 November and
the country is being represented by several government officials, led by
the MEFT Executive Director, Teofilus Nghitila in Panama City, Panama.
According to Muyunda, Namibia, Eswatini, and Zimbabwe have also submitted
requests that mechanisms should be created to enable rural communities to
participate in CITES decision-making processes, as rural communities are
custodians of wildlife, they suffer the burden of living with wildlife and
yet they are largely excluded from CITES decision making processes.
Namibia will support a proposal submitted by Zimbabwe to allow trade in raw
ivory from the elephant populations of Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and
Zimbabwe, he added.
“Additionally, Namibia will oppose the adoption of proposals that by
principle are not compatible with the country’s conservation policies.
These include proposals to transfer the elephant populations of Botswana,
Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe from Appendix II to Appendix I as well
as the one to transfer all populations of hippopotamus from Appendix II to
I,” he said, adding that those proposals have been prepared and submitted
by Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Senegal, and the Syrian Arab
Republic, among others are not in favor of sustainable use.
Additionally, the said populations being proposed for up-listing do not
meet the CITES Appendix I listing criteria, Muyunda said.
Meanwhile, there are several documents on the agenda regarding the
conservation and management of lions, elephants, hippopotamus, and
rhinoceros that are not in conformity with Namibia’s National Policies,
which Namibia will not support, Muyunda noted.