The CITES Convention is an international framework for
regulation of trade in certain endangered species of wild
animals and plants to ensure use of such species is sustainable
and not detrimental to their survival in the wild.
The provisions of the Convention are binding to the signatory
States; Kenya being one of them since 1978.
CITES is about regulation through permitting, of
INTERNATIONAL trade and about certain species that are subject
to the listing in the Appendices of the Convention: Appendix I,
II and III.
The purpose of today’s session was to brief national
stakeholders on the proposals the Government has prepared and
submitted to the CITES CoP17 and some of the provisional
positions that will be articulated at CoP17.
Kenya remains committed to playing its rightful role in
ensuring that international trade in endangered species of wild
animals and plants does not threaten their survival in the wild.
That is why Kenya has been lobbying Parties to the CITES
Convention to ensure discussions of the proposals bear this
intention in mind.
Prof Wakhungu reiterated that Kenya’s proposals, especially
on listing the African Elephant on Appendix I is further
informed by the call made by H.E the President Hon Uhuru
Kenyatta during the burning of country’s ivory stockpile in
The proposals are supported by 28 other African States and
Sri Lanka and are meant to offer the highest level of protection
of the species under CITES framework.
The listing proposal is accompanied by four other
complimentary proposals also supported by the 28 other African
States: closure of domestic ivory markets, management of
stockpiles, suspension of decision-making mechanism process and
control of trade in live elephants.
Prof Wakhungu called on delegates to the Johannesburg
conference, both the Government and Observer delegates, to
familiarise themselves with the country proposals and, as much
as possible, seek any clarification from her as the Head of
Government delegation or her designated alternate heads of
delegate (s) on any issue regarding the country position.